Metamasius (genus)

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Metamasius hemipterus (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Natasha Wright, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
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Metamasius Horn, 1873 - (bromeliad weevils)

This genus of medium-sized weevils contains more than 50 species which are found in tropical and subtropical parts of the Americas. Some are important pests of crops like sugarcane, pineapple, palms, bananas or prickly pear cacti (Opuntia). The adults feed on leaves or flowers. The larvae also feed on leaves after hatching and later bore into stems and petioles of their host plants.

The adults are good fliers and typically 10-20 mm long, black with orange, yellow or red markings. Taxonomically, Metamasius species are closely related to those of the genus Cactophagus.

Type species: Metamasius hemipterus

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: