Tychius meliloti Stephens, 1831

sweet clover weevil

on Meliotus

gall

the larva feeds within the pod on the developing seed; this may cause some galling of the pods. Pupation in the soil.

host plants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Meliotus albus, altissimus, officinalis

Buhr and Dauphin & Aniotsbehere additionally mention, with explicit reservation, Medicago sativa. Dieckmann does not known this host plant.

synonyms

Sibinia meliloti.

notes

Larvae and pupae are very extensively described by Skuhrovec, Gosik & Caldara. That the larvae would live in a leaf gall, as is sometimes written, is not correct. The larvae may be found mixed with the ones of T. breviusculus; see there for the differences.

references

Anderson & Howden (1994a), Buhr (1964a), Colonnelli, Osella & Cornacchia (2011a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Dieckmann (1988a), Friedman (2018a), Houard (1909a), Lorenz (1997a), Mifsud & Colonnelli (2010a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2010a), Skuhrovec, Gosik & Caldara (2014a), Tomasi (2014a).

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