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Seed beetle

Seed Beetle (Algarobius prosopis)

Habitat: Seed beetles and their larvae feed on beans and seeds of other plants, and their larvae develop inside a single seed.

Size: 2-4mm

Predators/Prey: They feed only on the seeds of plants.

Interesting facts: Seed beetles are also commonly called “bean weevils”, even though they are not weevils in the strict sense since they lack a long snout. In Arizona, they are common in the seeds of mesquite and “algarrobo” trees.

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