Hazelnut larva inside a hazelnut

Hazelnut larva inside a hazelnut

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Caption: Hazelnut larva (Curculio nucum) developing inside a hazelnut. The female hazlenut weevil lays its eggs inside hazelnuts by boring a hole through the shell with its long rostrum. This is an elongated part of the front portion of the head, the tip of which contains tiny chewing mouthparts. By laying eggs inside the nut, the female ensures a supply of food for the developing larva. Weevils form the largest family of beetles (Curculionidae) worldwide, containing 40,000 known species.

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Keywords: agricultural pest, animal, curculio nucum, damaged, destroyed, hazelnut, hazelnut larva, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, juvenile, larva, nature, one, single, weevil, wildlife, young, zoological, zoology

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