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Four Spotted Bean Weevil

Bruchus quadrimaculatus


  • Adult 3/16" long.
  • Stout-bodied, shortened wing covers and a short broad snout.


  • The female lays eggs into stored beans or into seed pods in the field.
  • When fully grown, the larvae form pupae in the eaten-out cavity of the bean.
  • Young adults chew their way out of the beans, mate, lay eggs and begin a new generation.
  • As many as six generations are produced in a single year.


  • The adults attack legumes either in storage or in the field and may completely destroy them.
  • Breeding continues in stored products as long as the products maintain their nutritional value and the storage environment is warm.

Controlling Insects that attack Food Products