This is a Boll Weevil. It is a bug that feeds on cotton buds. It migrated into the Southern US in the late 19th century and destroyed the cotton industry. It had a massive impact on the South. Scientists started using traps to monitor them so they could eradicate them with pesticides like DDT. By the late 70s they were eliminated from every cotton growing state but Texas.
Cartoon Boll Weevil
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