Vine weevil larva, SEM

Vine weevil larva, SEM

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Caption: Black vine weevil larva (Otiorhynchus sulcatus), coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). This insect is a pest that attacks a wide range of plants, including the yew, rhododendron, azalea, laurel, juniper, grape, holly, strawberry and many other woody and herbaceous plants. The larva feeds on the roots with its mouthparts, seen on the head (orange), causing severe damage, more so than the adults, which feed on leaves. The larva hatches in the autumn, burrowing into the soil in winter. It is about one centimetre long when mature, emerging as the adult form in spring. Magnification: x12 when printed 10cm high.

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Keywords: animal, black vine, coloured, grub, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, larva, larval stage, nature, otiorhynchus sulcatus, pest, plant, reproduction, reproductive, scanning electron micrograph, sem, weevil, wildlife, young, zoology

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