A little more about Rhinocyllus conicus

In the previous post, I mentioned that Rhinocyllus conicus was a bad player as it liked all thistles. I

Rhinocyllus conicus, collected from artichoke, 5 August 2012, Twin Falls, Idaho, USA

Rhinocyllus conicus, collected from artichoke, 5 August 2012, Twin Falls, Idaho, USA

was lurking in our household entomology lab, when I remembered that I had collected weevils off of the two artichoke plants I was trying to grow in our garden last summer – sure enough Rhinocyllus conicus! So, we brought R. conicus to the USA to mess up my artichoke crop?? Being as this weevil and the thistle it is supposed to control can be super common, this species can be put in the not a successful biocontrol introduction.

It is still a pretty cool weevil.

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