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Billbug — Sphenophorus Parvulus

© Copyright 2017
© Copyright 2017

Distant: Lawn turns brown in patches in late July. Damage is sometimes more severe next to sidewalks, driveways and around trees.

Up close: In a "tug test" infested stems tend to break at the crown. Broken-off stems are filled with fine, whitish sawdust. Billbug larvae can be found in stem or in soil around roots in July.