PALM-TREE PEST

The palm-tree pest (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) is an insect that lives off of the palms.

In a palm weevil can be found under four different forms: egg, larva, pupa (cocoon) and adult. Females lay eggs in wounds hidden present in the specimen and not sealed, or between the bases of leaves (preferably in date palm shoots), which is very difficult to see because of their size, 1 to 2 mm.

The eggs hatch larvae, ivory white to ocher without legs, pear-shaped can reach 5 cm. long and live inside the trunk and bases of the palms. These larvae when they reach their final stage produced a cocoon made of brown fibers of the palm, inside which pupate, and later in adult beetles.

Adults are red with black striped wings, head-neck ends, its length ranges from 2 to 5 cm. and are usually found behind the leaf bases.

In our climate, weevil needs three to four months to complete the cycle from egg to adult, so you can expect at least three generations per year. Taking into account that the female can lay between 300 and 400 eggs, reproductive capacity and hence colonization of this insect is enormous.

Within a palm tree produce several generations of red palm weevil, so at any time of year can be found in the same manner described all of the insect.

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