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Species Diaprepes abbreviatus - Diaprepes Root Weevil

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Curculionoidea
Family Curculionidae (Snout and Bark Beetles)
Subfamily Entiminae (Broad-nosed Weevils)
Tribe Eustylini
Genus Diaprepes
Species abbreviatus (Diaprepes Root Weevil)
Other Common Names
Citrus [Root] Weevil, Sugarcane Rootstalk Borer Weevil, Apopka Weevil, Sugarcane Root Weevil, West Indian Sugar Cane Rootstalk Borer
Explanation of Names
Diaprepes abbreviatus (Linnaeus 1758)
10-19 mm
color variable (from gray to yellow to orange to black)
Native to the Caribbean, adventive mostly along Gulf and s. Atlantic Coasts (s. TX to s. FL to SC) - Map (1), large populations in Houston and c. Florida
highly polyphagous; larvae feed on roots, adults on foliage of citrus trees (esp. oranges in TX) and almost 300 other plant species(2)
Major pest of citrus crops: larvae often girdle the taproot, which may kill the plant and provide an avenue for Phythophora infections. A single larva can kill young hosts while several larvae can cause serious decline of older, established hosts.
Pest of sugarcane in the Caribbean(3); earliest record in our area: FL 1964(2)
so. & central FL (1964), so. TX (Cameron & Hidalgo Cos 2000, Corpus Christi 2005, Houston 2009; so. CA (2005), LA (2008); further north in greenhouses
Print References
French J.V., Skaria M. (2000) Citrus root weevil identified. Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center Newsletter 18(6).
Grafton-Cardwell E.E., Godfrey K.E., Peña J.E., McCoy C.W., Luck R.F. (2004) Diaprepes root weevil. ANR Publication 8131, 8 pp.
Woodruff R.E. (1985) Citrus weevils in Florida and the West Indies: preliminary report on systematics, biology, and distribution (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Fla. Entomol. 68(3): 370-379.
Internet References
Texas Entomology (Quinn 2009)