Lixus juncii

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Lixus juncii
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Curculionidae
Genus: Lixus
Species: L. juncii
Binomial name
Lixus juncii
Boheman, 1835

Lixus juncii is a species of weevil which belongs to the Lixus genus in the family of Curculionidae.[1]

Description[edit]

The adults grow up to 15mm long, the body is oblong and has a dark brown coloration. A white border observable below the elytra is a physical feature that distinguishes this species from the other weevils.[2]

Biology[edit]

This species lives in the soil during winter and goes out from February to June. Females lay their eggs (from 40 to 50) in holes dug thanks to their rostrum in beetroot or Chenopodium stems. The eclosion of these eggs from 4 to 15 days later gives birth to larvae which dig tunnels in petioles and stems. As a consequence, this species of weevil is considered as a harmful insect of beetroot cultivations.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lixus juncii Boheman, 1835". INPN. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Le lixus : un des ravageurs majeurs de la betterave potagère porte-graine" (PDF). Fédération Nationale des Agriculteurs Multiplicateurs de Semence. April 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2018.