Family: Brachyceridae (obese weevils, lily weevils)

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Some brachycerid species encountered in southern Africa

 

Brachycerus ornatus. Red-spotted Lily Weevil, 25-45mm.  Adults feed on lily, Ammocharis coranica. Eggs are laid in burrows next to the bulbs. Larvae live in the bulbs and pupate in the soil. [image by M. Picker & C. Griffiths , from Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, used with permission].

Brachycerus tauriculus. Lily Weevil, 19-26mm. Adults feed on Aloe. [image by A. Weaving , from Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, used with permission]. 

 

 

Brachycerus obesus. Obese Lily Weevil, 21mm. Adults feed generally on leaves while larvae bore into lily species and destroy them. [image by M. Picker & C. Griffiths , from Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, used with permission]. 

 

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