Insecta, Coleoptera, Bruchidae .
Description, Biology, Life Cycle, Damage, Common Names, Images
- This bruchid is specific to lentil.
- Adult: lifespan 8 to 9 months. Average fecundity, 50 to 60 eggs.
- Eggs: length of development, 10-15 days; laid on the pod at the beginning of the seed's growth.
- Larva: development lasts 20 to 30 days; 1 larva per seed. The 1st-instar larva, mobile, penetrates the pod then the seed; it moults in the seed into an apodous 2nd-instar larva.
- 1 single annual generation. The adults formed in September in the seeds emerge only in June of the following year. Depending on the region, egg laying ranges from the end of May to the beginning of August.
Each colonised lentil is almost completely destroyed.
Common species, more harmful than B. lentis which is specially harmful in countries bordering the eastern Mediterranean. These 2 bruchids do not breed in grain stores.
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