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Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Rhynchophorus ferrugineus on a winter day...<br />
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EXIF: Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8 E | f/8 | EXT I Curculionidae,Rhynchophorus ferrugineus,beetle,coleoptera,insecta,insects,invasive species Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Rhynchophorus ferrugineus

Rhynchophorus ferrugineus on a winter day...

EXIF: Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8 E | f/8 | EXT I

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  1. Such a glorious species, it's been a while since a photo of it was posted, glad you brought it back to life! Posted 4 years ago
    1. It is not good news if it is found in the EU - see comment below. Posted 4 years ago
      1. Thank you for that info, I really doubt whether most people would know this. Posted 4 years ago
      2. They are here, from the last 10 or more years... See my reply bellow* cheers! Posted 4 years ago
    2. Thanks!! Cheers* Posted 4 years ago
  2. excellent side view of this impressive weevil! Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thank you! Cheers* Posted 4 years ago
  3. Actually, this is a regulated pest in the EU and it is subject to official phytosanitary measures. You should inform the local Plant health department of this finding.
    http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1454059980837&uri=CELEX:02007D0365-20100828
    http://www.dgv.min-agricultura.pt/portal/page/portal/DGV/genericos?generico=7088429&cboui=7088429
    Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thank you for the aditional info provided. Authorities are aware of this matter ;) this species has literally "cuted" all Phoenix canarensis in portuguese territory. For the last 5-10 years the best fitossanitary treatment was simply to cut this exotic tree. Probably the beetle entered in south of portugal, where the first symptoms were first noticed. Today, from north to south, its very difficult to spot one Phoenix canarensis that isn't infected. Chemical and pheromone treatments are in most cases non efective. The quick answer to this problem was to eliminate the host plant. A few years from this part in all major cities the host plant was removed. In fact the beetle is still here, now struggling for survival ;) Just for curiosity, last year I've found in one tree that was cuted 7 years ago (in my backyard) two full grown larvae! The resilience of this beetle is simply impressive. Thanks for your concerne, Wildflower! Cheers* Posted 4 years ago
      1. It's a shame to lose local species because of introduced pests. The life cycle is less than a year and up to several generations per year so this means that they have either been living and reproducing in the stump of the cut tree for 7 years or adults came from somewhere else to lay new eggs.
        http://cisr.ucr.edu/red_palm_weevil.html
        Posted 4 years ago
        1. Yes, Wildflower, you are absolutely right! Thanks a lot, cheers* Posted 4 years ago

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The red palm weevil, ''Rhynchophorus ferrugineus'', is a species of snout beetle also known as the Asian palm weevil or sago palm weevil. The adult beetles are relatively large, ranging between two and five centimeters long, and are usually a rusty red colour - but many colour variants exist and have often been misidentified as different species . Weevil larvae can excavate holes in the trunk of a palm trees up to a metre long, thereby weakening and eventually killing the host plant. As a result,.. more

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Uploaded Jan 27, 2016. Captured Jan 26, 2016 16:27.
  • NIKON D7100
  • f/1.8
  • 1/250s
  • ISO200
  • 50mm