What Insects Begin with the Letter N?

Native elm bark beetles and northern corn rootworms are two insects that begin with the letter “N.” Another bug that begins with the letter N is the netwinged beetle.

Elm bark beetles can be found in elms all around Minnesota. The beetles are petite, rarely exceeding an eighth of an inch in length when completely developed. Elm beetles take over and lay their eggs in the trees.

Under the bark, the eggs can be detected. This activity is a forerunner to Dutch Elm disease, a lethal disease that has caused the tree’s population to decline.

On corn plants all around the world, the northern corn rootworm can be found. The insects grow to only three-eighths of an inch in length and are more abundant in the Midwest of the United States. The eggs of the rootworm feed on the maize stalks as they hatch.

The netwinged beetle can be found all the way from Wyoming to Canada. The eggs of this beetle are laid on rotting plant matter.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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