Billbug Adult 2

John K. Saichuk, Meszaros, Anna  |  12/13/2011 11:29:00 PM

Billbug adult feeding on rice seedling.

Billbug - Sphenophorus spp.

Bill bugs belong to the beetle family Curculionidae (weevils) and are a relative of the rice water weevil. Adults feed near the base of young rice plant. Their chewing mouthparts are found at the end of a long “snout”. The bill bug feeding appears to be injuring the heart of the tiller, causing death of the new leaf (dead heart).



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