Scientific name: Erlangerius niger Weise
Common name: Black Tef Beetle
Main hosts: Tef
Alternative hosts: Wheat
IMPORTANCE IN ETHIOPIA:
Major pest of: Tef
Minor pest of: Wheat
The adult beetle is the damaging stage. If feeds on the milky grains and sometimes on the leaves. Crop losses of up to 16% have been recorded.
INSECT BIOLOGY & RECOGNITION:
Not much is known about the biology of this sepcies.
Adult: A black shiny beetle up to 6 mm long.
Cultural control: Clean weeds.