Photo 1. Grey weevil, Oribius species damage to taro. Notice the chewed leaf stalks, and downard bending of the leaves.
Grey weevils, oribius weevils
Oribius species. Note that there are more than 50 species, of which seven are crop pests. Oribius inimicus and Oribius destructor are the two most common and damaging grey weevils of crops in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Information from Wesis P, et al. (2010) Host use and crop impacts of Oribius Marshall species (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. Buttetin of Entomological Research 100: 133-143; and from Impact and managment of Oribius weevils in Papua New Guinea. Project CP/2001/032. ACIAR, Canberra (http://aciar.gov.au/project/cp/2001/032). Photos 3-6 Walker K (2006) Oribius weevil (Oribius inimicus and Oribius destructor). (PaDIL - (http://www.padil.gov.au). Photo 7 Thickhead, Crassocephalum crepidioides. Brisbane City Council weed identification tool. (http://weeds.brisbane.qld.gov.au/weeds/thickhead).
Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
This mini fact sheet is a part of the app Pacific Pests and Pathogens
The mobile application is available from the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes.