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Rhynchophora


The Rhynchophora (snout beetles)
The snout beetles are included in several families. Some are called curculios, weevils and billbugs, and those of one family, the larvae of which work in the bark and wood of trees, are called engraver beetles and also bark borers. Over 25,000 species of Rhynchophora are known.

Except for the engraver beetles most snout beetles feed on fruits, nuts, etc., though a few attack stems and leaves. The white, nearly always footless larvae also feed for the most part on such materials, and a number are very destructive and therefore important pests.