RICE WEEVIL FACTS
The Rice Weevil is a small dark brown weevil with a long snout, and small round dimples on the thorax and ridges along the wing covers. There are two paler reddish brown patches at each end of the wing covers (four spots altogether). The head and thorax is nearly as long as the wing covers. It is similar to the Granary Weevil (Sitophilus granarius) which is slightly larger and has plain brown wing covers and oval dimples on the thorax. The Granary Weevil is wingless whereas the Rice Weevil has wings and can fly. The larvae are white or creamy white grubs with a small light brown head.
length 2.5mm to 3.5mm
The are often found in grain storage plants and processing plants, but are not often found in the home.
The Rice Weevil is a serious pest of grain in the tropics and subtropics. It attacks cereal grains such as rice, wheat, corn, oats, maize, barley, sorghum, and also processed cereal products.
The female weevil bores a tiny hole in the grain kernel and deposits an egg inside. The larva develops and pupates within the grain kernels and is rarely seen. The adult weevil emerges from the pupa and cuts an exit hole to emerge. The exit holes of the Rive Weevil are smaller than those of the Granary weevil, and are smoother edged.
The Rice Weevil is originally from Asia, but is now found around the world as a pest species transported in grain.
|Common Name:||Rice Weevil|
Relatives in same Genus
Granary Weevil (S. granarius)
Greater Rice Weevil (S. zeamais)