Bean and Cowpea Weevils
Acanthoscelides obtectus; Callosobruchus maculatus
- 1/8 inch long
- light olive brown with darker brown or cream-colored markings
- reddish appendages
- body narrows evenly toward the small head
- strong fliers
- outer wings tipped with black with two large black dots above
- usually infest legumes in the field
- indoors: breed continuously in dried legumes stored in warm conditions
- legumes in the field
- dried legumes such as beans, cowpeas, lentils and peas
- can damage stored legumes
- Inspect incoming legumes for beetles and monitor indoor legume storage regularly.
- Locate and dispose of infested legumes.
- Store all susceptible food items in pest-proof containers.
- Clean spilled food products and food storage areas in general.
- Keep food, especially legumes, in regular rotation.
- Keep moisture low in food storage areas by improving ventilation.