Diaprepes Root Weevil from Puerto Rico

Subject: Beatle?
Location: Bartolo, Lares PR
April 7, 2016 12:59 pm
Hi, just found this little guy in my garden, specifically on my Aji Dulce plant. What is it?
Signature: Anjuli

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Diaprepes Root Weevil

Dear Anjuli,
This is a Diaprepes Root Weevil,
Diaprepes abbreviatus , a species found in the Caribbean as well as parts of the U.S.  Here is an image from Insects of Puerto Rico.  According to Featured Creatures, it “is a root weevil native to the Caribbean where at least 19 additional species within the genus are known. In the Caribbean, Diaprepes abbreviatus is one of the most economically important pests.”

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Diaprepes Root Weevil

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