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Bruchidius villosus (F.)

Plant species attacked: Scotch broom | French broom
Biocontrol Agent Type: Seed feeding beetle (weevil)
Country of Origin: The populations in BC are believed to have entered BC from the Pacific North West, where releases began in 1998 from populations collected in North Carolina, which originated in the United Kingdom
First Released in BC: Adventive
Click on image to view larger photo:  Bruchidius villosus adults and seeds  Bruchidius villosus feeding in seed pods
Positive monitoring and/or dispersal locations in BC on Scotch broom:
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Established Bruchidius villosus on Scotch broom locations
View the in-depth Bruchidius villosus information page here
This biocontrol agent is currently not available for distribution

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