Wireworms

Wireworms

Wireworms larvae usually live on dead organic matter, but can attack many crops, such as cereals, carrots, beets, potatoes.

Scientific name: Agriotes lineatus, Elateridae
Greek name: Σιδηροσκούληκα

Damage

Eat holes in the seed and seedlings lead to empty plant spots in the field. Eat holes in plant roots result in wilting and killing of plants. In beets, carrots and potatoes, wireworms can dig deep holes.

Enemy

The larvae are about 16 mm long and greyish brown in color. The head is relatively small and they have no legs. They have spiny projections on various parts of the body.

The adults (click beetles) are 8-10 mm long, black in color and have dense hairs. The thorax and abdomen are reddish.

Notes

The larvae of click beetles are called wireworms. Their appearance in the field is sporadic.

Source

Wireworms
Wireworms – RHS
Click Beetle

Tags: CARROTSCORNPLANTS ENEMYPOTATOPOTATOESTOMATO

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