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Most Common Stinging Insects
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Pest Of The Week: The Boll Weevil
One of the most destructive agricultural pests in the United States is the Boll Weevil. Migrating from Mexico in the late 1800’s, the boll weevil has now infested all areas in which we grow cotton. It is estimated that the boll weevil is responsible for some $300 Million in cotton crop damages annually; and has cost cotton farmers almost $14 Billion since their arrival.
One of the reasons that boll weevils are so destructive is their sheer numbers. The lifecycle of the boll weevil enables populations to expand very rapidly. One female boll weevil can lay almost 200 eggs every 10 days! Wow!
Boll weevils measure about six millimeters in length. They are brown to grayish-brown in color, and are covered in fine fuzz. One of their most distinctive features is their prominent snouts and mouthparts which are used for chewing. I always thought they looked like the videogame character Qbert. This insect only feeds and grows in cotton and other tropical plants that are closely related.