Rhynchophorus palmarum

SOUTH AMERICAN PALM WEEVIL

PICUDO AMERICANO DE LA PALMA / PICUDO DEL COCOTERO

Order: Coleóptero
Family: Curculonidae

      

IN SYNTHESIS…

  • It is a huge economic impact pest in oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) and coconut tree (Cocus nucifera) crops in tropical America. It can also infect the papaya (Carica papaya) and banana (Musa paradisiaca).
  • It is the main vector from the red ring disease, transmitted by the nematode Bursaphelenchus cocophilus.
  • Its life cycle includes the egg, pupa and adult stages and has a duration, according to the climatic conditions, between 70-120 days. 
  • The monitoring by traps with aggregation pheromones is basic to detect the presence of the weevil, determinate the pest stage, monitor the populations and valuate the risk level. 
  • The mass trapping by baited traps with aggregation pheromones is an effective tool to keep the population levels of this pest under the tolerance level. This way, get to control the presence of nematodes and with it avoid the red ring desease transmision.

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