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0000000827 00000 n Their presence does not stop development of the pecan so they may make it into the harvest. Hosts. Adult weevils feeding and egg laying on developing (water stage) pecan nuts, causing them to drop from the tree. Prior to shell hardening, feeding punctures by adults cause immature pecans to fall from the trees. 0000001144 00000 n Mated females chew a hole in the pecan shell and deposit eggs inside. They have reddish-brown head capsules and chewing jaws (Figure 3). Acorns of live oaks in urban areas of North Central Texas are sometimes 100 percent infested by larvae of acorn weevils. Traps can be obtained for around $18 each from Pecan Ag Equipment in Bristow, Oklahoma (1-918-367-5529). The adults can live up to 8 weeks, during which time the female can lay up to 200 eggs. The pecan weevil will also breed in hickory nuts. 1984. First, they feed on the young nuts in late summer, causing some to drop early still in their husks and never complete development. One to four larvae develop inside each nut and destroy the entire kernel. 0000003436 00000 n They are found in the nuts during late summer and early fall and can be found in the soil beneath infested trees during the rest of the year. Larvae chew a clean, round, BB-sized hole in the shell—easily identified as pecan weevil damage (Fig. Pecan weevil (Curculio caryae) Figure 3 Adult pecan weevil on a mature nut. Note that many pecan growing areas are facing dry conditions, and this may result in drought-delayed emergence well beyond the normal emergence time for this pest, particularly in … Pecan Weevil, Curculio caryae Hosts: The only economic host is the pecan where feeding and breeding take place in the developing nuts. 79 tory conditions and reported 80, 86, and 75% larval mortality, respectively, after 28-35 days. Pest Status: Larvae feed in developing pecan nuts, causing yield loss. 0000000920 00000 n The pecan weevil burrows into the nut before the shell hardens and lays eggs, then worms hatch from the eggs and devour the nut. Once the larvae hatch, they feed on the kernel for about 35 days. INTRODUCTION THE PECAN weevil, Curculio caryae (Horn), attacks green maturing nuts in late summer and damages them by making feeding and oviposition punctures. Pecan weevil: suppression of larvae with the fungi Metarrhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana and the nematode Neoaplectana dutkyi. Life cycle The adult PW typically emerges from the soil as early as July 25, frequently two to three days after a heavy rain. Pecan weevil larvae can be found inside infested pecan nuts before and after nuts are removed or fall from the tree. 0000012875 00000 n Adults can be sampled with emergence traps in the soil or with a beating sheet. Adults cause two types of nut damage, depending on the stage of nut development during attack. 1). Larvae are fat, creamy-white, legless, C-shaped grubs, 9-15 mm long, with reddish-brown heads. The head is yellow to brown. Pecan trees are common in eastern North Carolina. early egg-laying period, from early August to mid-September. 0000034866 00000 n K����q���:&��jv. Each female weevil can oviposit 30 to 54 eggs; therefore, one weevil could affect as many as 15 to 27 or as few as 7 to 13 pecans, assuming there are two to four larvae per nut, respectively. Pecan and hickory Damage. Both the adult and larval stages of pecan weevil cause a serious damage to pecan nuts. From the Southwest Yard & Garden series. Attraction of the pecan weevil to the synthetic boll weevil pheromone. Pecan weevil is considered the most significant insect pest of pecan producers. Ovipositional damage. Although feeding As of 1999, pecan weevil had been found in 131 Texas counties (Fig. The pecan weevil causes two types of damage. Life Cycle and Biology The pecan weevil exhibits four life stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult (Figure 1) and it requires two to three years to complete one generation. The use of polyvinyl acetate as a barrier to the pecan weevil larvae. The pecan weevil causes two types of damage. In 1986, W. L. Tedders recov- ered H. bacteriophora Poinar Georgia strain from dead, reddish-colored weevil larvae found in a pecan orchard at Byron, Geor- Descriptions of Larvae Pecan Weevil Larvae (Curculio caryae) These robust, dirty white, somewhat C-shaped larvae are up to 5/8 inch in length when fully grown. Pecan weevils damage nuts in two ways. 0000045183 00000 n Adults of pecan weevil generally emerge from soil in late July to August and move in the tree canopy by either crawling on the trunk or directly flying. %PDF-1.3 %���� ... Larvae on pecan feed in phylloxera galls in spring. Pecan weevil larvae devour a harvestable pecan. Pecan Weevil in Oklahoma Figure 1. 11). Proc. Pecan weevil: suppression of larvae with the fungi Metarrhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana and the nematode Neoaplectana dutkyi. Adult and larval acorn weevils are similar in appearance to pecan weevils and often occur around homes surrounded by oak trees. Larvae or grubs are legless, creamy white and have reddish-brown heads which grow to 3/5 inch long. Workers at an Otero County pecan cleaning plant noticed pecans with round holes about the diameter of a BB pellet, which are the pecan weevil's emergence holes. 0000004055 00000 n 11). 0000032111 00000 n Pecan weevil adults damage pecan each year just before and after initiation of kernel development by feeding directly on the nuts and by oviposition (Boethel and Eikenbary 1979). Later in the season when pecan nuts are present, moths deposit eggs singly on the nuts. Pecan trees are common in eastern North Carolina. Four life stages of the pecan weevil. “A female weevil can produce 30-54 eggs, so several nuts can be affected from each egg hatch,” Mulder said. To control the weevil, it is recommended to target with … In 1986, W. L. Tedders recov- ered H. bacteriophora Poinar Georgia strain from dead, reddish-colored weevil larvae found in a pecan orchard at Byron, Geor- Biological Control of the Pecan Weevil: Smith et al. Lesser weevil grubs eat through the shells after the nuts drop. One to four larvae develop inside each nut and destroy the entire kernel. from Ontario, Canada (Foott and Timmins 1984). Circle traps are useful for weevil monitoring, providing good indications of weevil presence and abundance within an orchard. 11). (Photo by Bill Ree) During my time as the pecan IPM specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, I have written several articles for Pecan South on pecan weevil management, but for this month instead of a management focus, I would like to address the potential spread of pecan weevil to new areas. (A) Eggs, circled; (B) 4th instar larva; (C) Pupa inside earthen cell and (D) Adult female on pecan. Pecan weevils are scientifically called as Curculio caryae. Figure 7. Scientific Name: Curculio caryae (Horn) The larvae are cream colored grubs with reddish heads. When fully grown, larvae reach a length of 3/5 inch (Fig. (year 3). Lesser weevil grubs eat through the shells after the nuts drop. The adult is a brownish weevil, about 3/8 inch long. Pecan weevil pupa. trailer << /Size 52 /Info 26 0 R /Root 29 0 R /Prev 280064 /ID[<8b5080b40d262f6b3a54b5e468d931bc>] >> startxref 0 %%EOF 29 0 obj << /Type /Catalog /Pages 25 0 R /Metadata 27 0 R /PageLabels 24 0 R >> endobj 50 0 obj << /S 62 /L 129 /Filter /FlateDecode /Length 51 0 R >> stream The pecan weevil, Curculio caryae is a serious economic pest of pecans (Caryae illinoensis).In late summer, the weevil attacks maturing nuts and damages them when making feeding and/or oviposition punctures. Holloway et al. Larvae are fat, creamy-white, legless, C-shaped grubs, 9-15 mm long, with reddish-brown heads. Ma-ture larvae may be about 1/3 to a little over 1/2 inch long. Larvae or grubs are legless, creamy white and have reddish-brown heads which grow to 3/5 inch long. 1). The main type of damage is caused by larvae feeding within the nut. 0000001517 00000 n Damage: The pecan weevil causes two types of direct damage to pecans. Pecan Weevil. The pecan weevil has a predominantly 2-year life cycle co-inciding with masting by its Carya host. But it does cause the nuts to be inedible. Later in the season when pecan nuts are present, moths deposit eggs singly on the nuts. The larvae leave the nut and burrow into the soil, remaining there for two to three years before emerging as adults to commence another cycle. 1987; Holloway 1980. Circle traps are useful for weevil monitoring, providing good indications of weevil presence and abundance within an orchard. The majority of adults emerge from the soil during August and the first week of September. The pecan weevil, Curculio caryae (Horn), is a dangerous nut pest of pecan found throughout the southern United States and portions of Texas. Abstract Neoaplectana dutkyi and 2 species of fungi were evaluated in laboratory and field tests as pathogens of Curcubio caryae larvae. Click for a hub of Extension resources related to the current COVID-19 situation. Life cycle The adult PW typically emerges from the soil as early as July 25, frequently two to three days after a heavy rain. ture 4: Several larvae can be found in each infested nut. 0000001298 00000 n The larvae emerge from the nuts about 42 days after the eggs are deposited. Ma-ture larvae may be about 1/3 to a little over 1/2 inch long. The first type is when the adult weevils puncture the nuts in early August, causing the nuts to fall after two or three days. Pecan weevil larvae (4 th instar), collected from infested nuts on the USDA-ARS Research Station (Byron, Ga.), were stored in sterile (autoclaved) soil at 25° C. for two weeks, at which time diseased larvae were removed. Beneficial nematodes for control of pecan weevils. The objective in a pecan weevil integrated pest management (IPM) program is to prevent female weevils from laying eggs in nuts. Adults of pecan weevil generally emerge from soil in late July to August and move in the tree canopy by either crawling on the trunk or directly flying. Pecan Weevil, Curculio caryae ... Eggs hatch in 5 to 7 days and the larvae feed for 2 to 3 weeks before leaving the nut. For additional information, contact your local Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent or search for other state Extension offices. Several species occur, but the most common is Curculio fulvus Chittenden (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Where it is found in Texas, the pecan weevil is the most damaging late-season pecan pest. Creamy white, legless grubs with reddish-brown heads were also found inside pecans infested with pecan weevil larvae. The larvae hatch from the eggs and feed inside the nut, destroying the kernel (Fig. The pecan weevil, Curculio caryae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) is an obligate feeder on the nuts of North American hickories and pecans (Carya species), most widely recognized as an economically important pest of the pecan, Carya illinoinensis (Fagales: Juglandaceae). The larvae are cream colored grubs with reddish heads. One prime example is the so-called plum curculio (Conotrachelus nenuphar), which is a serious pest on a wide variety of stone fruits. Literature: Crocker et al. Later damage caused by larvae feeding on the developing kernels makes the nuts worthless. 4). Pecan South 2(5): 194–196. Please keep in mind that the original opening on the trap top was designed for the boll weevil, which is a much smaller weevil, so be sure to check that the opening is somewhat enlarged for the larger pecan weevil. Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostics Laboratory, Texas A&M College of Agrculture and Life Sciences, For additional information, contact your local. 0000092691 00000 n Descriptions of Larvae Pecan Weevil Larvae (Curculio caryae) These robust, dirty white, somewhat C-shaped larvae are up to 5/8 inch in length when fully grown. Steinernema carpocapsae (Weiser) strain A11, S. feltiae (Filipjev) strain SN, and Heterorhabditis bacteriophora Poinar strains HP88 and Georgia were tested for their efficacy as biological control agents of the pecan weevil, Curculio caryae (Horn), in pecan orchard soil-profile containers under greenhouse conditions. Two to four larvae within each infested nut can easily destroy the entire kernel. 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If not managed, this weevil can cause severe economic damage to your pecan operation that could last for multiple years. Common Name: Pecan weevil Scientific Name: Curculio caryae (Horn) Order: Coleoptera Description: Adult pecan weevil adults are 3/8 inch long, brownish beetles with snouts as long as the body. The head is yellow to brown. The first type is when the adult weevils puncture the nuts in early August, causing the nuts to fall after two or three days. ... Larvae on pecan feed in phylloxera galls in spring. It has also been observed to infest one Juglans species, the Persian walnut, Juglans regia. 0000002733 00000 n 0000002511 00000 n Hickory shuckworm, Cydia caryana (Fitch) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), larvae occur in shucks of pecan nuts. Traps can be obtained for around $18 each from Pecan Ag Equipment in Bristow, Oklahoma (1-918-367-5529). Larval emergence holes in pecan nut shucks and shells begin to appear in late September and continue as long as larvae are alive. Description: Adult pecan weevil adults are 3/8 inch long, brownish beetles with snouts as long as the body. Before shell hardening, treat if high numbers of weevils are seen or if nut drop caused by weevil feeding is high. Between late September and December larvae exit nuts through a small circular hole, drop to the ground and burrow into the soil to a depth of 4-12 inches. The pecan weevil is a pest to start controlling in August and September to prevent discovering problems later this year. Pecan weevil is considered the most significant insect pest of pecan producers. 0000001123 00000 n Pecan and hickory Damage. Nuts infested with larvae result in complete destruction of the kernel (Calcote 1975). • In terms of familiar objects, adult pecan weevils and 0000003397 00000 n 0000032189 00000 n Pieces of burlap bags or other cloth tied around a pecan tree trunk in late August so that a flap (appearing as an upside-down V in cross section) is formed will trap adult weevils crawling up the tree trunk after they emerge from the soil, where they can be collected. 0000003169 00000 n Pecan weevils damage nuts in two ways. The entire life cycle takes 2 or 3 years. If not contained, the pest could affect the state’s pecan industry’s economic impact. Order: Coleoptera. The larvae leave the nut and burrow into the soil, remaining there for two to three years before emerging as adults to commence another cycle. Later damage caused by larvae feeding on the developing kernels makes the nuts worthless. Pecan Weevil Alert Pecan weevil management decision-making is already upon us. Pecan [Carya illinoinensis (Wangenh.)K. One of the most devastating insects on pecans is the pecan weevil. Feeding during the water stage prior to shell hardening causes damaged nuts to drop. Choose blocks that have known history of pecan weevil infestations for monitoring. Please keep in mind that the original opening on the trap top was designed for the boll weevil, which is a much smaller weevil, so be sure to check that the opening is somewhat enlarged for the larger pecan weevil. The pecan weevil burrows into the nut before the shell hardens and lays eggs, then worms hatch from the eggs and devour the nut. Description The adult is a brownish weevil about 3/8 inch long. 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The pecan weevil, Curculio caryae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) is an obligate feeder on the nuts of North American hickories and pecans (Carya species), most widely recognized as an economically important pest of the pecan, Carya illinoinensis (Fagales: Juglandaceae). The only possible time to manage infestations is after adults have emerged from the soil and before egg laying starts. 28 0 obj << /Linearized 1 /O 30 /H [ 920 224 ] /L 280752 /E 108681 /N 5 /T 280074 >> endobj xref 28 24 0000000016 00000 n Weevil larvae feeding in a pecan nut. The head is yellow to brown. After eggs hatch, young legless larvae feed for about 30-35 days inside pecans. Ovipositional damage. One of the most devastating insects on pecans is the pecan weevil. Harned, R. W. 1929. Google Scholar. 4). • Pecan weevil larvae are legless, plump, and creamy white, and their bodies have multiple segments. Early damage causes these nuts to fall to the ground prior to maturity. 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Steinernema carpocapsae (Weiser) strain A11, S. feltiae (Filipjev) strain SN, and Heterorhabditis bacteriophora Poinar strains HP88 and Georgia were tested for their efficacy as biological control agents of the pecan weevil, Curculio caryae (Horn), in pecan orchard soil-profile containers under greenhouse conditions. Habitat and Food Source(s): Mouthparts are for chewing. Larvae chew a clean, round, BB-sized hole in the shell—easily identified as pecan weevil damage (Fig. The pecan weevil will also breed in hickory nuts. Larvae feed inside the nuts from late summer through the fall, growing and developing through several stages (instars). Grubs overwinter in earthen cells in the ground. Grovenburg, W. G., D. J. Boethel, and R. D. Eikenbary. Once the larvae hatch, they feed on the kernel for about 35 days. They burrow into the soil and construct a cell where they remain for 8 to 10 months before pupating and transform to adults, although some larvae do not pupate and transform to adults until the following year. But it does cause the nuts to be inedible. From the Southwest Yard & Garden series. • Pecan weevil larvae are legless, plump, and creamy white, and their bodies have multiple segments. Choose blocks that have known history of pecan weevil infestations for monitoring. Biological Control of the Pecan Weevil: Smith et al. 0000001716 00000 n It has also been observed to infest one Juglans species, the Persian walnut, Juglans regia. When fully grown, larvae reach a length of 3/5 inch (Fig. Adult weevils and larvae overwinter in the soil. They are found in the nuts during late summer and early fall and can be found in the soil beneath infested trees during the rest of the year. The adult is a brownish weevil, about 3/8 inch long. 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