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Wireworms (various species) are the major soil insects attacking tobacco. The yellow to brown, hard-bodied larvae are slender and cylindrical. The adult is a click beetle. Wireworms hatch in the summer, spend the winter in the soil and are usually most destructive to newly transplanted tobacco. Wireworm larvae cut off small underground stems and roots and bore into larger stems and roots. They may be found tunneling in stems near the soil surface . Affected plants may become stunted or wilt and die within a few days. Tobacco following sod may be damaged by wireworms for one to five years because some species have long life cycles.
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Atelocerata
Class: Hexapoda (including Insecta)
Infraclass: Neoptera
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Infraorder: Elateriformia
Superfamily: Elateroidea
Family: Elateridae
Subfamily: Agrypninae
Tribe: Oophorini
Genus: Conoderus
Subject: Conoderus vespertinus (Fabricius, 1801)


Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Nicotiana
Subject: Nicotiana tabacum (burley type) L.
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Monday, January 1, 1990
Image last updated:
Friday, May 27, 2011