Host: burley tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum (burley type)
Description: 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.
Image type: Laboratory
Image location: United States
Name: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Slide Set
Organization: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Country: United States