WEEVILS: Characteristics and Controls

Ailments Orchid Doctor

by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

Posted by Sys Admin almost 7 years ago.

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It was once a destructive pest; now in many places no more a problem. AH7; in northern areas a small black weevil (black vine weevil?) cuts scallop-shaped pieces out of edges of flowers at night; they can be searched out with a flashlight at night and picked off; their larvae feed in the compost; in Hawaii. P69(l)-10; they feed on roots. OR74-223
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WEEVILS: Insect Vine weevil a common pest; they are black about 15mm long with a prominent snout; unable to fly they move slowly and can be easily caught with a flashlight; they cut notches in leaf and flower edges and eat roots; control with Aldrin dust. OR85-222 0
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