Other common names:
Immature billbug (La Plata Weevil).
The billbug are soil dwelling insects that can cause severe damage to the turfgrass. The adult beetle has a distinct bill or snout which can be approximately 10 mm long. The larva or grub which causes the most damage, is legless and grows to about 10 mm in length, is white with a yellowish brown head (Short et al. 1995). The larva or grub feed on the grass roots.
Warm-and cool-season turf grass varieties.
Short, D. E., Black, R. J. and McCarty, L. M. (1995). Management of Insects in Lawns, Circular 427 , one of a series of the Entomology and Nematology Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. This information is included in the Florida Lawn Handbook, SP-45. For a copy of this handbook, request information on its purchase at your county extension office. First printed: June 1990. Revised: January 1995. Please visit the EDIS Website at http:/edis.ifas.ufl.edu.
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