First report of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus in Yemen
In May 2013, the presence of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae – EPPO A2 List) was recorded for the first time in Yemen. The pest was found in Wadi-Hadhramout on date palms (Phoenix dactylifera). All stages of the insect (larvae, pupae and adults) were observed in infested date palm trees. The origin of this introduction is unknown. A monitoring programme will be undertaken in the infested area and all other date palm-growing areas in Yemen.
The situation of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus in Yemen can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2013.
Assggaf SM (2013) First record of the red palm weevil [Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Oliv. (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)] in Yemen. Arab and Near East Plant Protection Newsletter no. 60, 6-7.