About the Order
constitute the largest order not only of insects
but also of the entire animal kingdom. The name Coleoptera
is derived from the Greek words koleon,
meaning "sheath," and pteron,
meaning "wing." It refers to the
beetle's characteristic hardened front wings that
meet along the middle line of the back and form a
protective sheath over the hind wings.
Life Cycle of a
Beetle The larvae of
some beetles look like worms with large heads.
Some beetle larvae have no legs; others are
covered with tufts or rows of long bristles.
Weevil (Anthonomous grandis)
Originally native to Mexico, the
boll weevil spread into Texas in the late-1800's,
and through the rest of the "cotton
belt" by the 1910's. A single generation of
boll weevils can totally decimate a cotton field,
and the numerous generations possible in any
given growing season can easily destroy a