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Common Name: Strawberry Root Weevil
Scientific Name: Sciaphilus asperatus
A weevil is any beetle from the Curculionoidea superfamily. They are usually small, less than 6 millimetres (0.24 in), and herbivorous. There are over 60,000 species in several families, mostly in the family Curculionidae (the true weevils).
Sciaphilus asperatus, more commonly known as the Strawberry Root Weevil, is 4.5-5.5 mm in length, has a very short, blunt-tipped snout, no longer than its head; a light brown to reddish-brown body with extensive black speckling and scattered white scales.
The elytra have black punctate striations and short erect hairs; the brown surface scales often become rubbed off, revealing black ground color in places, giving a "black-scratched" appearance.
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