Grain weevil

Grain weevil

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Caption: Grain weevil. Coloured scanning electron micrograph of a grain weevil (Sitophilus granarius). This beetle infests and damages stored grain, using the mandibles at the end of its elongated snout, or rostrum, to cut through the shell of a wheat grain and gain access to the food within. Females lay their eggs inside wheat grains, in order that their larvae can have a food supply. It can be controlled using fumigants. Magnification: x33 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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Keywords: animal, beetle, biological, biology, cereal, coloured, false-colour, false-coloured, fauna, food, grain, grain weevil, insect, invertebrate, invertebrates, mandible, mandibles, nature, pest, rostrum, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, sitophilus granarius, spoilage, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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