Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Asian Palm Weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus)


This photo was taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. This weevil is from the family of Curculionidae under genus of Rhynchophorus. The scientific name for this weevil is Rhynchophorus ferrugineus.
This weevil is known to be the pest for Sago trees and palm trees as the larvae can excavate holes in the trunk of a host plant such as sago, coconut palm, date palm or oil palm up to a metre long, thereby weakening and eventually killing the host plant. The size of this weevil is about 30mm. In Indonesia, the common name for this weevil is Kumbang Sagu (Sago beetle).

Taxonomy:
Phylum : Arthropoda - Arthropods
Class : Insecta - Insects
Order : Coleoptera - Beetles
Suborder : Polyphaga - Water, Rove, Scarab, Longhorn, Leaf and Snout Beetles
Superfamily : Curculionoidea - Snout and Bark Beetles
Family : Curculionidae - Snout and Bark Beetles
Subfamily : Dryophthorinae
Tribe : Rhynchophorini
Genus : Rhynchophorus
Species : ferrugineus - Red Palm Weevil

References:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/526536
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhynchophorus_ferrugineus


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