John K. Saichuk, Meszaros, Anna | 12/14/2011 12:00:07 AM
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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