Diaprepes abbreviatus

Hosts include: Citrus, avocado, and nursery stock. It is also known to infest sugarcane, tuber-bearing crops such as potatoes, and ornamental plants.

In 1964 this weevil was accidentally introduced in the US, state of Florida, where it is at present a major pest of citrus. It was first discovered in southern California in 2005, where it is a pest of citrus, avocado, and nursery stock. In Texas it was found in the Rio Grande Valley in 2000, resulting in a 2001 quarantine, and then in 2009 around Houston. Another sighting in 2019 confirms that it is still in the area. Another sighting in Pearland, TX in June of 2022.

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OriginUSA, Puerto Rico
Common NamesDiaprepes Root Weevil, Citrus Root Weevil, Sugarcane Rootstock Borer Weevil
Preservation OptionPapered


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