A weevil is a type of beetle with a long snout. Some weevils are among the worst insect pests that attack farm crops. For example, the boll weevil does a great amount of damage to cotton plants in the United States. The rice weevil destroys rice and other cereal crops.
Weevils lay their eggs in the stalks, seeds, or fruits of plants. The larvae (young) then feed on these plant parts. Adult weevils can also damage crops.
Some adult weevils are so small that they are hard to see. For example, the alfalfa <<al FAL fuh>> weevil is less than 1/4 inch (6 millimeters) long. The snouts of some weevils are longer than the rest of their bodies.