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20.03.2015
Larinus beckeri Petri, 1907
Larinus beckeri
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The 6 to 8 mm large weevil Larinus beckeri (family Curculionidae) is one of seven quite similar species of the genus Larinus in Germany. It can be recognized by the rounded oval body shape and the relatively long and narrow snout. It ranges from Europe to Siberia, however, its exact range is not fully known. Larinus beckeri lives exclusively on knapweed species (Centaurea) in the lowlands, whereas the closely related sister species Larinus jaceae also uses various thistle species as host plant, preferably in the low mountain range. The larva develops and pupates in the flower. The beetles hatch starting July and hibernate. In Germany, Larinus beckeri is missing in the North and in the East and according to Rheinheimer/Hassler (2010) is regarded as endangered (RL 2). (CB)


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