A survey of the Entiminae (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea: Curculionidae) of Israel

Strophomorphus porcellus

Strophomorphus porcellus

A survey of the broad-nosed weevils (Curculionidae: Entiminae) was conducted during 2010.  Collection predominantly employed two methods: netting and pitfall trapping. Pitfall traps were placed in 33 localities throughout the country in order to cover as many different biotopes as possible. Forty excursions, at two-week intervals, were undertaken in order to check all traps; while weevils were concomitantly collected by sweeping. Weevils from pitfall traps were preserved in Shepherd's solution, and later mounted dry, sorted and identified. To date, 84 specimens comprising 11 genera and 28 species have been accumulated. These include several very rare species, represented in the TAU collection by one or two specimens, as well as a few apparently undescribed species. A specimen of Strophomorphus hebraeus Stierlin, known previously from the type series of seven specimens from Lebanon deposited in Eberswalde, Germany, and from one old damaged specimen of unknown locality in Israel, deposited in TAU, was collected on Mount Hermon at 2000 m. A specimen of an apparently undescribed Strophomorphus was collected for the first time in the Arava, and a specimen of Parameira n. sp. was added to three similar specimens in TAU collected previously in Israel. The process of mounting and sorting the netted specimens remains to be completed. A review of the Sitonini of Israel (co-authored by A. Velazquez de Castro and R. Borovec), including illustrated keys, has been submitted to the Israel Journal of Entomology.

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