Sphenophorus spp. Adult – “Rice Levee Bill Bug” 3

John K. Saichuk, Meszaros, Anna

Sphenophorus spp. adults – recently called “rice levee bill bugs”.

Sphenophorus spp. – formerly called Rice Levee Bill Bug

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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10/13/2011 9:38:44 PM
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