April 26, 2000
How O'Reilly animals came to

How O'Reilly animals came to be. The most interesting part of this for me is that everyone else at O'Reilly hated this idea at first. That and one author fought to have boll weevils as his cover animal.

The boll weevil is regarded as a notorious pest-possibly the most destructive insect in North America-for its devastation of cotton crops in the southern United States since its migration from Mexico in the late 1800s. Although 90 percent of adult boll weevils die over the winter, the egg cycle from larva to adult takes only three weeks, so in one year between four and seven generations can be born. It's estimated that boll weevils destroy 10 percent of the cotton crop per year, which amounts to over $200 million in damage and affects at least 13 states in the U.S. Controlling the population of this small beetle is very difficult, as the chemicals that can eradicate them often cause too much environmental pollution to be safely used.

Posted by Bill Stilwell at April 26, 2000 12:00 AM
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