Other Common Names
West Indian Cane Weevil, Palm and Sugarcane Weevil, West Indian Sugarcane Weevil
Explanation of Names
Metamasius hemipterus sericeus (Olivier)
sericeus = 'silky'
pattern distinctive; Rhynchophorus cruentus is larger, with paler parts red (vs yellow/orange) and no M-shaped pattern on the pronotum
a widespread neotropical species, adventive in so. FL[cite:185010]
Bores through the trunks, canes or stalks of palms, bananas, sugar cane and other monocotyledonous woody or fleshy plants
Grubs bore through the inside of the host plant, then pupate in a fibrous pupal case. Adults emerge from the plant and live for up to 60 days, looking for new hosts in which to lay their eggs.
A serious pest of tropical ornamentals, sugar cane and bananas, though its biggest impact may be leaving the plants susceptible to the Palmetto Weevil (Rhynchophorus cruentus). Larvae are hidden inside the plant and may be spread through nursery stock.
earliest record in our area: FL 1984[cite:185010]