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Broad bean seed beetle can be found in dry broad bean seeds, it is most likely to be seen by gardeners who save their own seed.
Broad bean seed beetle
The adult insect is a small beetle that belongs to a sub-family of leaf-beetles that are known as bruchid beetles, seed beetles or seed weevils. It is the larval stage feeding inside seeds that can cause damage.
Keep an eye out for the following symptoms or signs of broad bean seed beetle activity;
There is no control available. Fortunately, affected seeds will usually germinate as the grubs feed in the cotyledon part of the seed, most of which survives, and the seed embryo is undamaged.
Typically, the life cycle of broad bean seed beetle is as follows;
Broad bean chocolate spot
Broad beans: growing
Broad bean rust
Pea and bean weevils
Runner and French bean rust
Runner beans: failure to set pods
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