The Canadian Entomologist (2007) 139, 354-357

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M. Schat, S.E. Sing and R.K.D. Peterson (2007)
External rostral characters for differentiation of sexes in the biological control agent Mecinus janthinus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)
The Canadian Entomologist 139 (3), 354-357
Abstract: The stem-boring weevil, Mecinus janthinus (Germar), is a promising, well established classical biological control agent for the exotic invasive weed Dalmatian toadflax (Linaria dalmatica (L.) Mill.) (Scrophulariaceae). In this paper we present readily apparent rostral characters that can be used for sex differentiation of live stem-boring weevils at low magnification. These characters can be used by workers with little training to accurately sex weevils and can be used to rapidly determine sex ratios of field populations to improve timing of collection for redistribution.
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Database assignments for author(s): Marjolein Schat, Sharlene E. Sing, Robert K.D. Peterson

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
identification/taxonomy


Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.


Linaria dalmatica (weed)
Mecinus janthiniformis (weed bioagent) Linaria dalmatica (weed)