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Which weevil warrants worry?

Pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii, is an economically important pest affecting North American field and greenhouse pepper producers. Other Solanaceous species (including eggplant and nightshade weeds) can also be hosts.

The best methods for managing pepper weevil rely on early detection through intensive monitoring and the use of commercially available pheromone traps. However, these yellow sticky cards attract many other types of insects, including other weevils that are not pests of peppers. Many weevil species can be easily distinguished from other types of beetles. But telling weevil species apart from each other can be difficult.

So, if you find a weevil on your trap, do not panic. Take a deep breath. Grab your hand lens (or your closest entomologist). And try to look for the features on your specimen that will either tell you it is a pepper weevil, or it is not a pepper weevil.

Read more at Medium (Cara McCreary)


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