Plum Curculio—Conotrachelus nenuphar

The plum curculio is a very destructive pest of plums, apples, peaches, pears, cherries and other wild and cultivated fruits. Injury occurs in three ways: from spring and early fall feeding by adult weevils; by egg-laying in the fruit by females; and from the feeding of larvae within the fruit. They overwinter as adults in the soil within the orchard or in nearby woodlands.

Larvae develop inside fruit. Fully grown larvae (grub) is about 3/8 long, C-shaped, yellowish-white, legless, with a brown head.

The adult weevil. is dark brown with whitish-gray patches and four humps on the wing covers. It is about 1/4 inch long with a long snout. The egg-laying site is a small cavity, next to which is made a crescent-shaped cut.

Late season feeding by adults causes scarring.

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[Photos, left to right: AgriLife Research & Extension Texas A&M; Utah State University Cooperative Extension; University of Kentucky Entomology]