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Common names: Carrot Beetle
Scientific name: Bothynus gibbosus
Region: With exception to the Deep South area, this beetle can be found throughout North America.
Life cycle: This Beetle only produces one generation each year and hibernates as an adult in the soil.
Physical Description: This beetle appears reddish brown or black in color and has a hard shell with small holes forming lines on its back. Its size is about 1/2 inch long. The eggs are white and are laid in early spring in the soil. The larva is bluish white with a brown head and with a curved shape of about 1 inch long.
Feeding characteristics: As larvae, the beetle chews the roots of a variety of grain crops. As adults, they feel on the stems and toot of host plant, but they seldom do any damage.
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