Friday, January 25, 2013


Alfalfa weevil (Hypera postica)
I don't know about you, but whenever I hear the word "weevil," I picture one of those annoying little black bugs that I sometimes find in my flour bin. So when I found these small gray bugs on our dining room floor and the front porch, I was clueless. Post them on Bugguide then!

Which I did. 

"Looks like some kind of weevil," someone posted back. Hmmmm. So I did a little searching.....

"Maybe an alfalfa weevil?" I asked

"You nailed it," came the reply. 

A nonnative bug, it seems. 

"I'd say over a third of weevil photos that pop up on Bugguide show adventive species of Old World origin," v belov wrote.

According to the University of Illinois Extension, this species is "one of the primary defoliators of alfalfa."  

Wonder what it's doing here in our Wildscape?

And our house?

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