New on Featured Creatures! Corn wireworm. By Gill, Chahil, Goyal, Gillett-Kaufman, and Cherry.

We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures!

Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: Insects in the family Elateridae are commonly known as “click beetles”. Their name comes from the clicking sound they make while attempting to right themselves after falling or being placed on their backs. The larvae of click beetles are called wireworms. The corn wireworm, Melanotus communis Gyllenhal, is a serious agricultural pest and was added to the EPPO A1 action list of quarantine pests in 2002.

Larva of Melanotus communis Gyllenhal. Photograph by Lyle Buss, University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department.


Authors: Harsimran K. Gill, Gurminder Chahil, Gaurav Goyal, Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman, and Ronald Cherry, Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida.


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Posted: January 31, 2014

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease
Tags: Featured Creatures, Pest Alert, UF-IFAS Pest Alert

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