Strawberry blossom weevil, Anthonomus rubi

Strawberry blossom weevil is a native of Europe that feeds on plants of the Rosaceae family and is a major pest of strawberries and raspberries. Adult weevils feed on strawberry plant foliage and females oviposit eggs within developing flower buds (one egg per bud) before severing the stalk; larvae mature within the unopened buds and feed on wilting plant tissue. If left unmanaged, the Anthonomus rubi can result in up to 80% yield losses in soft fruit crops. Monitor and mass trap strawberry blossom weevil populations using a green cross-vane trap with a pheromone lure as part of an effective integrated pest management programme.


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