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seed beetle

noun
1.
any of several beetles of the family Bruchidae that infest the seeds of legumes.
Also called seed weevil.
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Encyclopedia Article for seed beetle

any of some 900 species of beetles (insect order Coleoptera) whose larvae live in and feed on dried seeds. Seed beetles are oval or egg shaped, 1 to 10 mm (up to 25 inch) in length, and black or brown in colour. In adults, the abdomen extends beyond the short forewings (elytra) and the head is extended into a broad, short snout. The life cycle is typified by the pea weevil (Bruchus pisorum) and the bean weevil (Acanthoscelides obtectus), both of which occur throughout the world

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