Boll weevils cause severe damage to cotton crops by feeding on the buds and flowers of the cotton plant, and the beetles vary in color depending on age and size. The boll weevil spread into the United States from Mexico around 1894.
The boll weevil lives in east of the Texas high plains and in parts of Arizona. Estimated damage to cotton crops from boll weevils in North Carolina totals $7.5 million each year. Hatching runs from February to July each year and peaks in May and June. Its eggs are pearly white with soft shells. Larvae are only slightly larger than the egg and are white with brown heads and mouths.