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The Vine Weevil and Its Larvae -- Top of the Hit List

By Cantillon
June 22, 2014

This insect appears near the top of every list of annoying insects. It is very destructive and action should be taken if you come across it. The adult weevil does not do terminal damage to a plant. It may make notches in the leaves, but most plants can shrug it off. The damage is done by the hundreds of larvae that grow from their eggs. These larvae live on a diet of plant roots, and with a bad infestation, they can chew until your plant is severed at the ground. They also cause so much root trauma that when the plant explodes into growth in spring, it dies because it cannot take in the necessary water to support its leaves.

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greene
Jun 21, 2014 9:59 PM CST
This was extremely well written and easy for me to understand.
I will be hunting in the garden tomorrow, thanks.
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Jun 21, 2014 10:34 PM CST
I agree Thank you! Those things have eaten so many of my heauchera. If I catch it early I can often save the plants just as you have. Thumbs up Thumbs up
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NEILMUIR1
Jun 22, 2014 3:05 AM CST
Brilliant! They are a pest in England as well.
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Cantillon
Jun 22, 2014 3:51 AM CST

Thank you for your kind remarks, I am well into part two , where I show examples of pulling the plants back from death. The only ones we can't save are where the bark of , say, an acer or rhodie has been girdled. I had a heuchera savaged, and turned it into about a dozen smalls.

Thanks for the feed back, it's a good day.

Peter
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midnight21
Jun 22, 2014 5:36 AM CST
Great Article. Thumbs up One thing I have tried with some success is to put lengths of old hosepipe around, about 6" long, especially on greenhouse shelving. The weevils hide in them during the daylight hours. Then all it takes is to check the traps and dispose of any you find.

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Jun 22, 2014 7:44 AM CST
Fantastic article. Thumbs up Thank you.

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greene
Jun 22, 2014 8:50 AM CST
@midnight21, good timing for that tip about the hose pipe as a weevil hiding place/trap. There was some hose pipe in my car heading for the landfill; it will now be cut to length and re-purposed. Thank You!
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Jun 23, 2014 10:58 AM CST
Great article. I'm looking forward to part II also.
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Jun 23, 2014 12:52 PM CST
I agree Great illustrations too!
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