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wireworm, elongate, cylindrical larva of the click beetle. Most wireworms are hard and brown, but members of some species are soft and whitish. Wireworms live in rotten wood or in the ground and feed on roots and seeds, injuring potatoes, grasses, and a wide variety of leguminous field crops. They live for 2 to 10 years before pupating in the ground or in wood. Methods of control include letting the land lie fallow, rotating crops, and special methods of cultivation. Wireworms are classified in the phylum Arthropoda, class Insecta, order Coleoptera, family Elateridae.

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wireworm

wireworm Long, cylindrical larva of a click beetle of n temperate woodlands. It is generally brown or yellow and is distinctly segmented. Most species live in the soil, and may cause serious damage to the roots of cultivated crops. Family Elateridae. The name also refers to any of the smooth-bodied millipedes of the family Paraiulidae.

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wire-worm See ELATERIDAE.

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