False Wireworms

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

False Wireworms

 

the general name given to the larvae of darkling (tenebrionid) and pollen-eating (alleculid) beetles; the most numerous group of crop pests. The name “false wire-worms” differentiates them from true wireworms, the larvae of click beetles. False wireworms are approximately 5 cm long; their body is almost cylindrical, supple, and yellowish. They live in the top layers of soil, readily tolerating its drying out, and take about 1–1½ years to develop. False wireworms are common pests in steppe regions with an arid climate. They eat seeds and gnaw upon or through the underground parts of young plants. Control measures include using poisoned bait and cultivation practices aimed at destroying the cocoons.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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