Adult and larval large sap beetle (picnic beetle, nitidulid), Lobiopa insularis. This is the most frequently observed sap beetle in Florida strawberry, although several other smaller species inhabit the fields. Adult sap beetles chew holes in ripening fruit and may lay eggs there.
Common Name: Sap beetle or picnic beetle.
Scientific Name: Nitidulidae.
Description: Sap beetle adults found on strawberries are usually 1/8 inch (3.2 mm) to 1/4 inch (6.4 mm) long and brown or tan. Their larvae are about the same size as the adults, but are soft and white and may have lateral projections on abdominal segments. These are the same beetles found in citrus fruits that have fallen from trees and rotted.
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