What happened to the Boll Weevil restaurant?

Boll Weevil, a landmark San Diego restaurant chain that took its improbable name from an agricultural pest, shuttered six company-owned stores this week after filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

What did boll weevils eat?

Food Habits The boll weevil lives and feeds only in cotton and closely related plants. They eat the seed pods (bolls) and the buds of the cotton flower (Milne and Milne 1980).

Where are boll weevil found?

The boll weevil, Anthonomus grandis, is native to Mexico and lives almost exclusively on cotton plants. In the early season, adults feed on cotton leaves and then puncture the cotton “square”—the pre-floral bud of the plant—to lay their eggs.

Did the boll weevil Cause the Great Depression?

On top of the boll weevil’s effects and decreasing cotton prices, a three-year drought beginning in 1925 and an insufficient irrigation system further depressed Georgia’s agricultural economy.

How many Boll Weevil restaurants are there?

As of July 2017, the website representing the remaining locations (which are independently owned) lists five stores still operating.

Where was the first Boll Weevil?

Boll weevils entered the U.S. from Mexico in the late 1800s, when they were first spotted in Texas. By the 1920s they had spread through all of the major cotton-producing areas in the country.

Do boll weevils eat corn?

How Weevils Get in Your Food. Similar to other pantry pests, granary and rice weevils will infest and feed on whole grains and rice as well as nuts, beans, cereals, seeds, corn, and other such foods. Once fully grown, the adult weevil eats its way out of the grain/seed.

Can a boll weevil fly?

The boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) attacks cotton crops; it lays its eggs inside cotton bolls and the larvae eat their way out. Most weevils have the ability to fly (including pest species such as the rice weevil), though a significant number are flightless, such as the genus Otiorhynchus.

Can boll weevils fly?

Is the boll weevil still alive?

Today, the boll weevil has been eradicated in the United States. The last states to eradicate the weevil were the mid-South cotton-production region, which is Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee, and in Texas, New Mexico and parts of Alabama.

How did Georgia get rid of the boll weevil?

In 1987 Georgia growers began participating in a program to eradicate the boll weevil. Over a period of years the program proved successful, and Georgia producers have increased cotton acreage and yields significantly while reducing their dependence on insecticides.

Where did the boll weevil first enter the United States?

The boll weevil entered Texas about 1892 in the vicinity of Brownsville. The Argentine ant was first discovered in the United States at New Orleans in 1891, New International Encyclopedia and the alfalfa leaf weevil was first discovered in Utah in 1904.

Where does the boll weevil come from?

Today’s species is the Boll Weevil (Anthonomus grandis) which originally comes from Mexico, where it feeds on wild cotton. Unfortunately, around 1892 it crossed the Rio Grande and entered the United States. What it found were huge and rich cotton plantations which mean rich food resources for them.

What does the boll weevil look like?

Boll Weevil, common name for a destructive beetle that infests cotton plants. The adult insect has a long snout, is grayish in color, and is usually less than 6 mm (less than 0.24 in) long. Feeding only on the cotton plant, it begins in early spring to puncture the buds and bolls and lay its eggs in them.