Whitefringed weevil

Naupactus leucoloma

Larvae are up to 12 mm long, are white to grey with a brown head, legless, have a slightly curved body and are soil dwelling. Adult weevils are 12 mm long, are grey-brown with a white band along the side of their body and have a short snout. Adult weevils cannot fly and emerge from the soil in summer.

Damage: Larvae chew into lateral and taproots causing death or reduced vigour. Larvae also feed on peanuts, reducing yield and quality. Infestations are usually in patches. Adult weevils feed on leaves but cause little damage.

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