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Cane Weevil Borer, Rhabdoscelus obscurus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a pest of palms in Northern Queensland, Australia

Halfpapp, K.H. and Storey, R.I. (1991) Cane Weevil Borer, Rhabdoscelus obscurus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a pest of palms in Northern Queensland, Australia. Principes-Journal of The International Palm Society, 35 (4). pp. 199-207.

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Abstract

In recent years the cultivation of ornamental palms (Arecaceae) has increased markedly in northern Queensland. Consequently, several insects have become important pests, particularly Rhabdoscelus obscurus (Boisduval), the cane weevil borer. The larvae of this beetle feed on various species of palms, making the plants unsaleable. Death or lodging of the trees may also result. This paper documents its pest status, derived from information in the literature and from consultation with local growers.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Reproduced with permission from © The International Palm Society. Access to published version may be available via Publisher’s website.
Keywords:Rhabdoscelus obscurus (Boisduval); cane weevil borer; palm.
Subjects:Science > Zoology > Invertebrates > Insects
Plant pests and diseases > Individual or types of plants or trees
Forestry
Deposited On:08 Jul 2004
Last Modified:19 Apr 2011 02:47

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