Bruchidae (weed bioagents)

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Acanthoscelides macrophthalmus (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Mike Quinn
Source: BugGuide

Bruchidae (weed bioagents) - (seed beetles, against weeds)

In this family, the larvae feed exclusively on maturing and ripe seeds, often those of leguminous plants. Various species are important storage pests which attack for example stored legumes. However, some are considered beneficial when they infest weeds.

The family contains more than 1,000 species of mainly small and compact beetles. The antennae are much shorter than the body, the eyes have a deep emargination in front and the pronotum a distinct side margin.

For species harmful to crops see Bruchidae (plant pests).

The following genera are currently entered as weed bioagents under this family: