Western Corn Rootworm


Common name : Western corn rootworm

Scientific name : Diabrotica virgifera virgifera

Family : Chrysomelidae

Native to : North America

Interesting fact : This insect is considered to be the worst possible pest for corn in North America.

Only 6.4 mm in length, the adult western corn rootworm feeds on corn silk, pollen, kernels from corn but also on the leaves of other plants. The female lays eggs in the soil. Once the egg hatch, they can grow and complete their growth only by feeding on the fine roots of the corn plant, thus damaging the plant.

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