The mature larva and pupa of Ocladius dianthi Marshall (Curculionidae: Ocladiinae), from South Africa, are described and illustrated. The phylogenetic value of certain characters is discussed by comparison with those of other taxa of Curculionoidea. It is proposed that the placement of Ocladiinae within the family Curculionidae sensu lato is, in phylogenetic sequence: Ithycerinae, Microcerinae, Brachycerinae, Ocladiinae, Dryophthorinae, Erirhininae, Curculionidae sensu stricto.
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