Alfalfa Snout Beetle

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Alfalfa Snout Beetle

 

(Otiorrhynchus ligustici), an insect of the family Curculionidae. The beetle is 9 to 12 mm long and black; the larva is yellow-white. Alfalfa snout beetles are distributed in northern and central Europe, in the steppe zone of the European part of the USSR, in the Caucasus, and in Asia Minor. The beetles damage leaves, and the larvae damage the roots of many crops, primarily medic, clover, and sainfoin. Methods of fighting the pests include trap ditches and the treatment of sowings with insecticides.

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