Pagiocerus frontalis

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Pagiocerus frontalis (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Javier Mercado, Colorado state University
Source: IPM Images
Pagiocerus frontalis (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Javier Mercado, Colorado state University
Source: IPM Images

Pagiocerus frontalis (Fabricius, 1801) - (Colombian maize beetle)

This beetle is a pest of ripe and stored maize cobs in South and Central America. It is occasionally introduced into Europe with stored maize. P. frontalis also breeds in the seeds of of fallen Persea fruits (e.g. avocado) and other Lauraceae.

Synonym:
Pagiocerus fiorii
Pagiocerus zeae

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Kolumbianischer Maiskäfer
• English: Colombian maize beetle