Billbug Adult

John K. Saichuk, Meszaros, Anna

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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12/13/2011 11:24:37 PM
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