Rhinusa antirrhini is a species of beetle from the weevil family.
The beetles have an oval-shaped black body. The neck shield is uniformly conically rounded narrowed at the sides. Rows of fine yellow-brown hairs run over the body. Within the species a distinction is made between beetles with a preference for Dalmatian flax(Linaria genistifolia dalmatica; in English “Dalmatian toadflex”) and beetles with a preference for broom flax(Linaria genistifolia; in English “narrow-leaved Dalmatian toadflax”). The former reach a body length of 5 mm, while the beetles of the second group grow to only 3 mm.
The species is widely distributed in Europe. In Central Europe the species is common. Its occurrence ranges from Scandinavia, the Baltic States and Great Britain in the north to the Mediterranean region and North Africa (Algeria) in the south, and the Caucasus in the east. The species was introduced into North America in the mid-20th century. In the meantime, it is specifically used in certain places for biological pest control against the introduced Dalmatian ragwort.
Host and food plants of Rhinusa antirrhini include various toadflax weeds, especially common toadflax(Linaria vulgaris), broom toadflax (Linariagenistifolia), and striped toadflax(Linaria repens), as well as Linaria saxatilis. Other host plants include snapdragons(Antirrhinum), lesser toadflax(Chaenorhinum minus), and various brownroots (Scrophulariaceae). The imagines overwinter. From May onwards they appear on their host plants. Egg-laying usually takes place between June and August. The eggs are laid in the fruit capsules of the plants, where the hatched larvae develop. The new generation of adult beetles appears in August and September.
- Curculio antirrhini
- Gymnetron antirrhini (Paykull, 1800)
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