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IN-24.0 Vetch Bruchid
 IN-24.0 Vetch Bruchid

Bruchus brachialus (Fahr)


The vetch bruchid is a bruchid seed weevil that attacks the seeds of several species of vetch plants. The weevil is common in Kentucky and the Carolinas where it can infest 90 percent of hairy vetch seeds, although little foliage damage occurs.


The adults overwinter in the host fields or in nearby areas where vetch is used for cover crop. After harvest, wheat can be planted. The vetch bruchid can be found in wheat harvested from these fields.


The insect has only one generation per year, cannot survive in storage, and is not a pest of wheat or stored products.

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Last updated February 2010