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A canary Islands date palm in Tijuana Mexico killed by Rhynchophorus palmarum. The halo of dead fronds at the top of the trunk is a highly characteristic mortality signature.Courtesy: Mark S. Hoddle
Bucket traps loaded with aggregation pheromone for capturing live adult Rhynchophorus palmarum adults. The detachable containers below the buckets contain food (e.g., bananas and apples) and provide a dark hiding place for weevils.Courtesy: Mark S. Hoddle
A prepupal Rhynchophorus palmarum larva extracted from its fibrous cocoon. This cocoon was found on the ground under a heavily infested P. canariensis in Tijuana Mexico.Courtesy: Mark S. Hoddle
The dropped crown of a Canary Islands date palm, Phoenix canariensis, destroyed by R. palmarum in Tijuana Mexico.Courtesy: Mark S. Hoddle
Canary Islands date palms, Phoenix canariensis, killed by R. palmarum in San Diego California, USA.Courtesy: Mark S. Hoddle
Basal frond sheath showing perforations characteristic of R. palmarum damage.Courtesy: Mark S. Hoddle
Adult. Laboratory of the Instituto Mineiro de Agropecuária (BR).Courtesy: Regina Sugayama (Agropec).
Palm fronds damaged by R. palmarum feeding. Less extreme levels of damage that is similar in appearance can be caused, in some instances, by rat feeding.Courtesy: Mark S. Hoddle