EPPO Global Database

Rhynchophorus ferrugineus(RHYCFE)

Distribution details in Malta

Situation
Current pest situation evaluated by EPPO on the basis of information dated 2013: Present, no details
First recorded in: 2007
Pest status declared by NPPO: Malta: Present in all parts of the area. Gozo: Present only in some areas. Comino: Present at low prevalence. (2013-08)
From CABI Pest map 258 (2010): Present, no details
Comments
EPPO Reporting Service (2010/204) : first found in October 2007, under official control.

EPPO Reporting Service (2013/221) : now widespread on the Island of Malta. Also found on Gozo in 2012, and Comino in 2013. Under official control.
References
* Ministry for rural affairs and the Environment (2007) Red palm weevil, in Malta. Gazzetta tal-Gvern ta' Malta. http://www.agric.gov.mt/Downloads/red_palm_weevil_gov_gazette_16thoct.pdf

* Mifsud D, Colonnelli E (2010) The Curculionoidea of the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean) (Coleoptera). Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Malta 3, 55-143.
------- In this faunistic study, more than 500 specimens from all over Malta have been examined.

* Mizzi S, Dandria D, Mifsud D, Longo S (2009) The red palm weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Olivier, 1790) in Malta (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea). Bulleting of the Entomological Society of Malta 2, 111-121.
------- As of March 2009, approximately 310 palm trees have been destroyed (121 in public places 189 in private gardens).

* NPPO of Malta (2013-08).