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Rhynchophorus ferrugineus
(Curculionidae)

  
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The red palm weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, is a relatively large beetle, from about one to two inches long, with a rusty red color.  The larvae of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus excavate holes up to three feet long in the trunk of palm trees, and can kill the host plant. As a result, the beetle is a major pest of palm plantations, including the coconut palm, date palm and oil palm.  This species was first reported in the U.S. in October 2010; as of that date, this species is not known from Hawaii. 


Species description or overview

Rhynchophorus ferrugineus: Wikipedia page
Information about Rhynchophorus ferrugineus is available via Wikipedia.

Red palm weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus fact sheet View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
Images and overview of the red palm weevil are from The Food and Environment Research Agency (2009).


Taxonomy & nomenclature

Rhynchophorus ferrugineus information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.

Rhynchophorus ferrugineus image from Forestry Images
Image and taxonomic information on the red palm beetle (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) are from Forestry Images


Pest alerts

Red palm weevil, worst known pest of palm trees, detected in Laguna Beach (U.S. record)
"Agricultural officials have confirmed the detection of a red palm weevil [Rhynchophorus ferrugineus] in the Laguna Beach area of Orange County--the first-ever detection of the pest in the United States," according to this 18 October 2010 report. "The weevil is considered to be the world's worst pest of palm trees. An infestation typically results in the death of the tree."

Red palm weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus fact sheet View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
Images and overview of the red palm weevil are from The Food and Environment Research Agency (2009).

First reports of red palm beetle in Europe (EPPO) View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
First records of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus in France, Greece, and Italy are reported by the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO, 2006).

Red palm beetle Phytosanitary Pest Alert (NAPPO)
A Phytosanitary Pest Alert for Rhynchophorus ferrugineus was issued by the North American Plant Proection Organization (NAPPO) in response to the discovery of the red palm beetle in Europe (2008).


Control methods

Red palm weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus fact sheet View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
Images and overview of the red palm weevil are from The Food and Environment Research Agency (2009).


Images

Red palm weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus fact sheet View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
Images and overview of the red palm weevil are from The Food and Environment Research Agency (2009).

Rhynchophorus ferrugineus images from Forestry Images
Images of the red palm weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus and other beetles in the genus Rhynchophorus are from search results in Forestry Images.

Destructive exotic beetle found in Laguna Beach
State inspectors are looking for further signs that a destructive type of beetle--the red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus)--discovered in Laguna Beach, California may be infesting palm trees in the city. It is the first time the insect, native to Southeast Asia, has been found in the United States.


In the news

Red palm weevil, worst known pest of palm trees, detected in Laguna Beach (U.S. record)
"Agricultural officials have confirmed the detection of a red palm weevil [Rhynchophorus ferrugineus] in the Laguna Beach area of Orange County--the first-ever detection of the pest in the United States," according to this 18 October 2010 report. "The weevil is considered to be the world's worst pest of palm trees. An infestation typically results in the death of the tree."

Destructive exotic beetle found in Laguna Beach
State inspectors are looking for further signs that a destructive type of beetle--the red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus)--discovered in Laguna Beach, California may be infesting palm trees in the city. It is the first time the insect, native to Southeast Asia, has been found in the United States.


Other resources

Red palm beetle web site
First reports, discussions, links, and conference information are available on the red palm weevil website (Saudi Arabia).


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