Therefore the native thistles most impacted on by R. conicus tend to be those that flower early in the growing season. Again it proved effective against the target and was spread widely throughout the country. The hind wings are well developed as the insect is a strong daylight flier (Jessep, 1981). Native to Europe and western Asia, R. conicus has been deliberately introduced to Canada in 1968 (Harris and Zwölfer, 1971; Harris, 1984); South America in 1980 (Feldman, 1997); Australia in 1989 (Woodburn and Cullen, 1993; 1995); and New Zealand in 1973 (Jessep, 1975; 1981) as a biological control agent for thistles in the genera Carduus,Cirsium and Silybum. Populations of the weevil from south-west France were released against spear thistle Cirsium vulgare in the state of Victoria in Australia in 1989, but establishment has been poor since (Sagliocco et al., 2012). He says: “Hindsight now demonstrates that, although the logic and reasoning were clear, the conclusion that Rhinocyllus was unlikely to have any major ecological effects was incorrect. Harris P, 1981. Southwestern Entomologist, 36(1):77-84. http://sswe.tamu.edu/, Page AR, Lacey KL, 2006. However, dispersal only takes place in spring and in the absence of suitable nearby hosts. A sixth species, R. inquilinus Gyll., described from Finland, appears to be a small individual of R. conicus (Zwölfer and Harris, 1984). At the time of its release, the potential impact of R. conicus on native thistles was considered acceptable. Plumeless thistle, Carduus acanthoides L., and musk thistle, CarduuS thoermeri Weinmann, potted plants were inoculated with eggs of Rhinocyllus conic We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website.By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. R. conicus is a univoltine to partly bivoltine weevil. Interspecific competition between Rhinocyllus conicus and Urophora solstitialis, two biocontrol agents released in Australia against Carduus nutans. Desrochers A M, Bain J F, Warwick S I, 1988. These differences relate to the different ecotypes by both region and host, and allow this species to persist under a broader range of hosts and climates. Southwestern Entomologist. Seedhead of musk thistle (Carduus nutans) showing damage created by the seedhead weevil, Rhinocyllus conicus, that was introduced as a biological control agent for this noxious weed. Introduction of a weevil for biological control of nodding thistle. The female lays over 100 eggs on or near the bracts of the thistle flower head. Melbourne, Australia: CSIRO Publishing, 118-130, Denton J, 2011. by Delfosse ES, Scott RR]. Acta Oecologica, 12(6):707-726, Sheppard AW, Cullen JM, Aeschlimann JP, 1994. Establishment of Rhinocyllus conicus (Col.: Curculionidae) on Italian thistle in southern California. The adults and larvae of the tortoise beetle feed on the leaves and skeletonize the plant. In: Biological control of invasive plants in the eastern United States [ed. Populations from different regions and hosts have distinct host preference profiles and capacities to differentially exploit different thistle hosts (C. nutans, C. pycnocephalus, C. vulgare (Savi) Tenore and Silybum marianum Gaert.) thistles in North America suggests at least 8 lessons for future biological control efforts. Welsh (DePrenger-Levin et al., 2010) and C. hillii (Canby) Fernald (Sauer and Bradley, 2008). in Canada. As the impacts of R. conicus on some of them has been quite significant (Louda et al., 1990; 1995; Louda and Potvin, 1995; Louda 1998), and as some of these native thistles were already threatened,  R. conicus is now considered an invasive species within parts of North America (Louda et al., 1997). Zwölfer H, Harris P, 1984. > 10°C, Cold average temp. In early summer, beetles congregate, and boy meets girl. > 10°C, Cold average temp. Part 137. R. conicus is attacked by many different species of parasitoid in its native range (Zwölfer and Harris, 1984). There are three insects that are considered biological control methods at this time. © Copyright 2020 CAB International. Allozyme and morphometric analysis of R. conicus, from the Atlantic coast to Israel, found two distinct groups (Klein and Seitz, 1994). http://plants.usda.gov/java/, Wiggins GJ, Grant JF, Lambdin PL, Ranney JW, Wilkerson JB, Reed A, Follum RA, 2010. Cirsium vulgare (Savi) Tenore - spear thistle. Populations of the weevil from Italy, which may be a separate ecotype (Zwölfer and Harris, 1984) or subspecies (Klein and Seitz, 1994), were released in California on both variegated or milk thistle Silybum marianum and slender or Italian thistle Carduus pycnocephalus in 1971 and 1973 respectively, but proved ineffective (Goeden and Ricker, 1977; 1978). From Saskatchewan and Ontario R. conicus was moved and released into the USA, in Virginia and Montana, in 1969. The BugLady found this pair of weevils while she was chasing Thistle tortoise beetles (clearly, it’s a weevil that gets a lot of mileage out of its food plant). Melbourne, Australia: DSIR/CSIRO, 411-414, Zwölfer H, Harris P, 1984. Its larvae eventually hatch and eat the thistle plant's seeds, which prevents the plant from self-sowing. Nodding thistle is a serious pasture weed. > 10°C, coldest month < 0°C, dry summers), Continental climate with dry winter (Warm average temp. Biological control programmes against insects and weeds in Canada 1969-1980 [ed. Description. The adult weevil is black and covered in a thin black and yellowish mottled coat of hairs. See Nodding thistle crown weevil, Green thistle beetle, Californian thistle stem miner. After pupation, the newly-minted adult lingers in its protective case for a while before exiting the flower. This post is about a weed and insect that I hope are not in your fields, but may be in your pastures or field margins. They are strong, diurnal flyers, but they are reclusive when they’re not feeding.             Subphylum: Uniramia,                 Class: Insecta,                     Order: Coleoptera,                         Family: Curculionidae,                             Genus: Rhinocyllus,                                 Species: Rhinocyllus conicus, Highly adaptable to different environments, Negatively impacts animal/plant collections, Difficult to identify/detect as a commodity contaminant. Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). Seasonal asynchrony of Italian thistle, Carduus pycnocephalus, and the weevil, Rhinocyllus conicus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), introduced for biological control in southern California. Zwölfer and Harris (1984) stated that R. conicus ‘has been established in most parts of North America with a Carduus nutans problem’; C. nutans is known from nearly all of North America except 5 US states and 4 Canadian Provinces (USDA, 2013). Electrophoresis helps to indentify which race of the introduced weevil, Rhinocyllus conicus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), has transferred to two native southern California thistles. In: Proceedings of the 9th international symposium on biological control of weeds, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 19-26 January 1996 [ed. Adult females lay about 200 (54-360) eggs which take about a week to hatch. (Louda et al., 1990; Arnett and Louda, 2001), C. undulatum Nutt. First record for the biological control agent Rhinocyllus conicus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in a threatened native thistle, Cirsium hillii (Asteraceae), in Wisconsin, U.S.A. Entomological News, 119(1):90-95. http://www.bioone.org/perlserv/?request=get-current-issue, Sheppard AW, Aeschlimann JP, Sagliocco JL, Vitou J, 1991. The larvae hatch and bore into the receptacle of the capitulum, destroying the reproductive surface from which achenes develop. The seed weevil was first released in Australia 1992. In: Proceedings of the 28th New Zealand Weed and Pest Control Conference. 2. (southern Russia), R. remaudieri Hoffm. You may also find flower heads that are infested by both agents, and show some of the characteristics of each. The cap dries and protects the eggs from predators, and one source said that the cap attracts ants, which care for the eggs. http://data.gbif.org, Goeden RD, 1995. In: Biological control of weeds in Australia 1960 to 2010 [ed. (Unruh and Goeden, 1987). Biological control of plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides L.) in Argentina. Image 1594211 is of musk thistle head weevil (Rhinocyllus conicus ) larva(e) on musk thistle. One or more of the features that are needed to show you the maps functionality are not available in the web browser that you are using. ©Mark Schwarzlander/University of Idaho/Bugwood.org - CC BY-NC 3.0 US, Based on impact on native thistles (DePrenger-Levin et al. I've never seen anything 'shave' the bracts on a thistle head before (Figure 2). Exotic weevil invasion increases floral herbivore community density, function, and impact on a native plant. > 10°C, Cold average temp. Biological control of plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides L.) in Argentina. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Ontario. Melbourne, Australia: CSIRO Publishing, 184-189, Sauer SA, Bradley KL, 2008. R. conicus was first considered as a biological control agent for the exotic nodding thistle Carduus nutans by Canada. Data source for updated system data added to species habitat list. Proceedings of a Biological bontrol of weeds workshop. Ecology, 88(2):413-423. http://www.esajournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-abstract&doi=10.1890%2F0012-9658%282007%2988%5B413%3AVIHIEO%5D2.0.CO%3B2, Sagliocco JL, Kwong RM, Morley T, 2012. Of these species, only R. oblongus is sympatric with R. conicus in the latter’s native range (Zwölfer and Harris, 1984), and may indeed be a subspecies (Klein and Seitz, 1994). These are R. oblongus Cap. Range expansion of Rhinocyllus conicus Froelich on musk thistle into southwestern Arkansas. The impact of these parasitoids on native R. conicus populations can be very significant, with particularly high levels of egg parasitism. In 1989 Australia released three populations of R. conicus, from New Zealand, southern France and Italy, into the state of New South Wales to counter C. nutans there (Woodburn and Cullen, 1993; 1995; Cullen and Sheppard, 2012), but only the New Zealand and French populations spread widely. 1990), Based on impact on native thistle in controlled studies, not natural populations (Wiggins et al. A number of rare and threatened native Cirsium species in North America have been documented: these include C. canescens Nutt. There is also one pathogen, a … All weevils from both genera are believed to feed in the capitula of Asteraceae species. Effectiveness of Rhinocyllus conicus as a biological control agent for nodding thistle, Carduus nutans, in Australia. More work is needed to better understand the genetic patterns underlying these differences and to see if the different ecotypes show any degree of reproductive incompatibility. R. conicus has eight synonyms (Hoffmann, 1956; Alonso-Zarazaga and Talamelli, 2011). Predispersal seed predation on Carduus nutans (Asteraceae) in southern Europe. The extent of the impact therefore relates to the degree to which the thistle populations are already threatened by other factors, and the level of damage R. conicus is able to cause, given the proximity and abundance of its normal hosts and the degree of synchrony in flowering between these and the native thistles (Russell et al., 2007). Some may be subspecies. > 10°C, coldest month < 0°C, dry winters), Mean maximum temperature of hottest month (ºC), Mean minimum temperature of coldest month (ºC), This insect has been introduced into three new continents outside its native range, and redistribute, NatureServe; USA ESA listing as threatened species, GISD/IASPMR: Invasive Alien Species Pathway Management Resource and DAISIE European Invasive Alien Species Gateway. British Journal of Entomology and Natural History. Susceptibility of these species to R. conicus is related to a) their proximity to exotic host thistle populations on which this weevil is found, and b) the degree to which flowering phenology is synchronous with the reproductive cycle of R. conicus (Russell et al., 2007). Like the Thistle tortoise beetle, of very recent BOTW fame, the Nodding Thistle Receptacle Beetle (Rhinocyllus conicus) is not originally from these parts; it hails from Eurasia and North Africa. The economic benefits of R. conicus as a biological control agent against the exotic thistle Carduus nutans have been very significant in Canada, the USA and New Zealand. > 0°C, wet all year, Cs - Warm temperate climate with dry summer, Warm average temp. Queensland, Australia: Queensland Weed Society, 99-103, Woodburn TL, Cullen JM, 1995. 68 (4), 1053-1068. Each female lays approximately 100 eggs. The Thistle Seedhead Weevil, Larinus latus, is an introduced biological control agent for the pasture weed Onopordum sp. by Niechols, J. R. \Andres, L. A. Biological control in the western United States., 3361 [ed. This weevil only has a partial second generation in more temperate climates (Gassmann and Kok, 2002); however, in Tennessee and Georgia, R. conicus was observed to complete one generation and then not feed on thistles until the following spring (Wiggins, 2013, personal communication). In regions other than North America, no vulnerable native or economically important plants occur within the host range of R. conicus. The case suggests that more information was needed in order to make an accurate prediction.”. Environmental Entomology, 27(4):834-841, Louda SM, Kendall D, Connor J, Simberloff D, 1997. Subsequently, Trichosirocalus horridus (Panzer), the rosette weevil, was introduced into seven Oklahoma counties in 1998 to Musk thistle and thistle head weevil: noxious weed and biological control By Kent Fothergill on May 26, 2011 • ( 1) Musk thistle along a Pemiscot County roadway. The main story about this weevil revolves around its use to control Russian thistle, Milk thistle (Silybum sp.) Biology of the Musk Thistle Head Weevil. Effectiveness as a biocontrol agent and the impact of R. conicus on native thistles in the exotic range are determined by the degree of synchrony between the weevil oviposition and flowering of available potential hosts (Goeden and Ricker, 1985). It’s a small weevil in the Snout/Bark beetle family Curculionidae. Zwölfer and Harris (1984) considered that day-length determines second generations, so that new adults experiencing increasing daylength will start a second generation on flower heads of their host (mainly Carduus nutans) which developed later in the season. Carduus nutans L. and Carduus acanthoides L. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. To date, more than 900,000 weevils have been collected and redistributed to 670 sites in Oklahoma. 3. Washington, DC, USA: USDA Forest Service. Establishment of Rhinocyllus conicus on milk thistle in southern California. The adults can be found on thistles and the larvae feed in the flower heads and leaf radicals of Carduus and Cirsium thistles. The weevil proved an effective agent against C. nutans and also attacked another exotic plumeless thistle, C. acanthoides. Newly-hatched larvae dive into the flower head where, according to Wikipedia, they feed inside the receptacle on flower parts and developing seeds – one larva may consume as many as 25 seeds. This weevil is one of a diverse community of insects found in the capitula of its host plants in its native range (Sheppard et al., 1991; 1994). Spraying after plants have bloomed is ineffective in killing the plant. 89. In: Pitcher's thistle (Cirsium pitcheri). In: DSIR Information Series, 105 37. Milk thistle. The negative impacts of this insect are restricted to North America as this is the only continent with native (or commercial) plants that are susceptible to attack. Combine control methods into a management system for best results.Musk thistle is an … A review of information on the release of Rhinocyllus conicus to control of Carduus spp. http://ecos.fws.gov/docs/five_year_review/doc3083.pdf, US Fish and Wildlife Service, 2010. 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