How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Seasonal development and life cycle—Dried fruit beetle

Eggs are laid on ripe and rotting fruit of all types. Eggs hatch in 1 to 5 days, and larvae feed actively as they move through their food. Larvae are white and 0.1 to 0.2 inch long when mature. They have tan head capsules, three pairs of true legs, and two hornlike structures on the anal end. Full grown larvae enter the soil and make earthen cells in which they pupate. Mating takes place soon after adults emerge from the soil, and eggs are laid from 1 to 8 days thereafter. In warm weather, there may be a generation every 3 weeks.

Driedfruit beetle larva
Driedfruit beetle larva

Driedfruit beetle pupae
Driedfruit beetle pupae


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