A Wireworm Conoderus scissus Schaeffer (Insecta: Coleoptera: Elateridae)
Adult Conoderus scissus Schaeffer, a wireworm.
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Seal, Dakshina R. 2011. “A Wireworm Conoderus Scissus Schaeffer (Insecta: Coleoptera: Elateridae): EENY-509/IN911, 12/2011”. EDIS 2011 (12). Gainesville, FL. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-in911-2011.


Conoderus scissus is the most abundant wireworm species found in sweet potato fields. Its preference for other crops is followed by peanut, cowpea, and corn. Learn more in this 3-page fact sheet written by Dakshina R. Seal and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, December 2011. Reviewed December 2014.

EENY-509/IN911: A Wireworm Conoderus scissus Schaeffer (Insecta: Coleoptera: Elateridae) (ufl.edu)

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