Coleoptera Beetles, Weevils, and Everything Evil

Attacks: Depending on the specie, Beetles and Weevils feed on plants, small insects and animal fibers. Adult Beetles fly to find new sources of food/hosts. With the help of the winds, swarms can be transported hundreds of miles into new territory. A female leads the way, releasing pheromones to attract huge numbers of beetles to attack a single tree/area.

Victims: Agricultural plants, trees, wood furniture, woolens and other fabrics are the most at risk. Recently pine forests across the western United States and Canada have been exposed and exploited by mountain pine beetles.

Crime: Beetles and Weevils can destroy crops and gardens, as well as eat away at trees and furniture. Major damage can be caused by large outbreaks, sometimes ruining acres of crops and woodland.

Hideout: Weevils and Beetles can be found within cracks and crevices in the home and garden. Usually they prefer moist places with some sort of food source near by.

Weapons: The best way to defend oneself in the moment is with the help of a vacuum or shoe, but for the most part Beetles aren't dangerous unless you're a plant. There are treatments to prevent outbreaks of beetles and weevils in one's gardens and homes. Insecticides and Pesticides are the most well-known but there are also natural means of defense; however, they are usually less effective ways to defend from contracting this insect- Insecticides.

Beetles have well-developed antennae and elytra (shell-like front wings). These front wings are usually very hard and are similar to a shell. Beetles fold these front wings so they cover the back wings. Elysta are durable as well as waterproof, serving as protection against damage and dehydration.

Sources: https://projects.ncsu.edu/cals/course/ent425/library/compendium/coleoptera.html

https://www.cfans.umn.edu/about/solutions/beetles-destruction

http://www.orkin.com/other/beetles/

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