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Species Mimosestes amicus

large large large Pea weevil from California (3) 10.07.21 - Mimosestes amicus Leaf Beetle - Mimosestes amicus Unknown Beetle - Mimosestes amicus Unknown 'Bug' 3278 - Mimosestes amicus Unknown Beetle 4717 - Mimosestes amicus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Bruchinae (Pea and Bean Weevils)
Tribe Bruchini
Subtribe Acanthoscelidina
Genus Mimosestes
Species amicus (Mimosestes amicus)
Explanation of Names
Mimosestes amicus (Horn 1873)
amicus = 'friendly'
2.1–3.8 mm
easily separated from other congeners and nearly all other US bruchids by having the posterior margin of the eye merging smoothly with the side of head(1)
so. US (CA-TX-KS-NV, FL) to Costa Rica; one of the most abundant and widespread bruchids in the southwest(1)
probably breeds most successfully in Parkinsonia seeds but is abundant in Prosopis seeds as well; rearing records: Leucaena leucocephala; Parkinsonia aculeata, P. florida, P. microphylla, P. texana macra, P. texana texana; Prosopis glandulosa glandulosa, P. glandulosa torreyana, P. velutina, P. pallida, P. pubescens; Sesbania sesban (Hawaii), S. aegyptiaca.(1)
Life Cycle
oviposits on green pods only (its exit holes are used by other bruchine spp. for oviposition)(1)
Print References
Kingsolver J.M., Johnson C.D. (1978) Systematics of the genus Mimosestes (Coleoptera: Bruchidae). USDA Tech. Bull. 1590. 106 pp.
Works Cited
1.Handbook of the Bruchidae of the United States and Canada
Kingsolver J.M. 2004. USDA, Technical Bulletin 1912 (2 vols.).