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The Coffee bean weevil is a very common stored product pest. As their name implies, it is a coffee pest. Coffee bean weevils can reduce a coffee’s weight by up to one-third within six months. An insect attack can also compromise the physical qualities of the coffee, resulting in a greater number of defects, and can even alter the finished beverage.

 

Appearance:

Adults: 1.5-4mm in length. It is a dark brown beetle with light brown spots and long antennae. The footless, slim larvae are curved and hairy and grow to a length of 5-6mm.

 

Lifecycle:

The beetle flies to fields and lays its eggs on damaged cobs. The larvae bore into coffee beans in which they pupate.

 

Habits:

They mainly infest corn, cocoa, coffee beans, dried fruits, nutmegs, ginger etc.

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