Cocklebur Weevil

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Scientific Name
Rhodobaenus quinquepunctatus
Curculionidae (snout and bark beetles) in the order Coleoptera (beetles)

The cocklebur weevil is red with black spots that join to form patches. It is usually about ¼ to ½ inch long. The larvae of cocklebur weevils bore inside the stems and roots of cocklebur, ragweed, and other plants in the sunflower family.

Learn more about this and other weevils on their group page.

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