Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The red palm weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus

Originally from tropical Asia, the red palm weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus has spread to Africa and Europe and is considered a major pest in palm plantations, including the coconut palm, date palm and oil palm.
The adult female lays approximately two hundred eggs on new growth in the crown of the palm, at the base of young leaves, or in open lesions on the plant ;  the larvae,  tunneling through the internal tissue of the tree for about a month can occasionally grow to a length of six to seven centimeters; they will leave the tree and form a cocoon built of dry palm fibers in leaf litter at the base of the tree. The total life cycle takes about 7–10 weeks

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