Species Factsheet

Diabrotica virgifera


Complete name: Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte, 1868
Taxonomy: Insecta » Arthropoda » Insecta » coleoptera » chrysomelidae » Diabrotica virgifera
Authors: Wolfgang Rabitsch
Last updated: October 30th, 2006

Common Names

Western corn rootworm.


Diabrotica virgifera

Short Description

Small beetle, 5-6 mm long, with a basic pale greenish-yellow body coloration. The larvae are wrinkled, yellowish-white, with a brown head capsule. It is a major crop pest on maize (Zea mays). It has been repeatedly introduced to Europe from North America in the early 1990's and spreads rapidly.