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Coconut red palm weevil (180)

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  • Widespread distribution. On coconut, and other palms: betel nut, oil palm, sago palm, date palm, and ornamental palms. An important pest. 
  • Adults and larvae tunnel into the base of stems and fronds; leaves in the crown wilt and die. Larvae tunnel into the soft insides for up to 1 m.
  • Often difficult to see the symptoms until internal damage is severe.
  • Natural enemies: red-eye assassin bug; earwigs.
  • Cultural control: destroy infested stems by cutting and burying; if leaves are removed from palms during harvests, cut them where leaflets start.
  • Chemical control: commercial pheromone lures available; trunk injections unlikely to be economic.
Common Name

Red palm weevil; also known as the Asian palm weevil or sago palm weevil.

Scientific Name

Rhyncophorus ferrugineus

AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Information from Rhode BE, Crosby T (2012) Red Palm Weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus): PaDIL -; and McCaffrey, S, Walker K (2012) Red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus): PaDIL -; and Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (red palm weevil) (2020) Crop Protection Compendium. (; and from Malumphy C, Moran H (2017) Red palm weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus. Plant Pest Factsheet. Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. ( Photo 1 John Kabashima, UC Cooperative Extension, Photos 2&3 Christina Hoddle, University of California - Riverside, Photo 4 Küchenkraut Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (2021) Wikipedia. (

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