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cowpea weevil (Callosobruchus maculatus) (click on image to enlarge it)
Author: Natasha Wright, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Source: IPM Images
Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Samenkäfer, Muffelkäfer
• English: seed beetles, pulse beetles
• Español: brúquidos
• Français: bruchidés


The beetles in this family breed in and feed on maturing and ripe seeds, often those of leguminous plants. Various species are important storage pests which attack for example stored legumes like soybeans and beans. These include for example the cowpea weevil, the bean weevil and the pea beetle.

The family contains more than 1,000 species of mainly small and compact beetles. Several species are called "weevils" but the family is not related to the Curculionidae. The antennae are much shorter than the body, the eyes have a deep emargination in front and the pronotum a distinct side margin.

Some species in this family are beneficial biocontrol agents of weeds, see the
Bruchidae (weed bioagents)


  • Lariidae

The following genera and individual species are currently entered under this family: