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Sunday, 16 March 2008

Red palm weevil

Greetings..

This is a Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, the red palm weevil is a species of beetle. It is relatively large, between two and five centimeters long, and a rusty red colour. Its larvae excavate holes up to a metre long in the trunk of palm trees, and can kill the host plant. As a result, the beetle is a pest of palm plantations of palms such as the coconut palm, date palm or oil palm.[2] Originally from tropical Asia, the red palm weevil has spread to Africa and Europe, reaching the Mediterranean in the 1980s, and was first recorded in Spain in 1994 and in France in 2006.

Scientific classification
Kingdom:
Animalia
Phylum:
Arthropoda
Class:
Insecta
Order:
Coleoptera
Family:
Curculionidae
Genus:
Rhynchophorus
Species:
R. ferrugineus
Binomial name
Rhynchophorus ferrugineus(Olivier, 1790) [1]


References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhynchophorus_ferrugineus

Brigitte howarth

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