Species: Pine Needle Weevil - unnamed 1 (Pachyrhinus lethierryi)

Family: Pine Needle Weevils (CURCULIONIDAE)

Category: Insects (Other)

Location: NE

A. Insects (Other)

More extensive information on insects can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Pine Needle Weevils (CURCULIONIDAE)

The Pachyrhinus weevils are a group/genus of Pine Needle Weevils, that in turn are members of the Curculionidae beetle family.

C. Pine Needle Weevil - unnamed 1 (Pachyrhinus lethierryi)

The bright green Pachyrhinus lethierryi is very small, between 3.5 and 4.5 millimetres in length. A variety, lositae, seen in the photographs shown here, has a paler head. It has a domed head and its eyes are set far apart.

Although this creature was found and photographed on a Deadly Nightshade plant, it didn't appear to be grazing. Given that it belongs to the Pine Needle Weevil family, and that it was in the shade of a Monterey Cypress tree, the assumption is that the insect had either fallen or was enjoying a roam around its neighbourhood. Indeed, it could have flown, as adult weevils, as with the majority of beetles, have wings.

This Pine Needle Weevil (of which there are perhaps 30 different species) has no common English name. It was first found in this country in 2003. Records show that it appears to be moving north, so this insect can be considered to have a 'migrated' status.

Images

Pine Needle Weevil - unnamed 1 (Pachyrhinus lethierryi)

The bright green Pachyrhinus lethierryi is very small, between 3.5 and 4.5 millimetres in length.

Pine Needle Weevil - unnamed 1 (Pachyrhinus lethierryi)

A variety, lositae, seen in the photographs shown here, has a paler head. It has a domed head and its eyes are set far apart. Although this creature was found and photographed on a Deadly Nightshade plant, it didn't appear to be grazing. Given that it belongs to the Pine Needle Weevil family, and that it was in the shade of a Monterey Cypress tree, the assumption is that the insect had either fallen or was enjoying a roam around its neighbourhood.