Cotton boll weevil and cotton plant

Cotton boll weevil and cotton plant

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Credit: LIZZIE HARPER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) with cotton plant (Gossypium sp.). The boll weevil is the most destructive cotton pest in North America. The adult insects measure 3-8.5 mm long. The females lay eggs in cotton flower buds (green, bottom left). When the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on the bud or boll tissue for 7-14 days before forming a pupa inside the bud (left, top). The adult develops within the pupa (left, second from top) and emerges fully grown (left, third from top) after about 5 days to cut itself out of the bud or boll. The adults feed on cotton flower buds, pollen or bolls.

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