Systates weevil

feaured_photo_co: 
A.M. Varela, icipe
Is this a Minor Pest?: 
Yes
Minor Pest Title: 

Systates weevil (Systates spp.)

Minor Pest Description: 

This is a very common weevil in East Africa. It attacks many crops and ornamental plants. The adult is a black weevil, about 12 mm long with a swollen, rounded abdomen, and long, thin, elbowed antenna. It is active at night, feeding on the edges of leaves producing a characteristic indentations. During the day it hides in the mulch, at the base of plants or in loose soil near plants. They feed on a wide range of crops and wild plants. They can be a problem to young papaya plants when present in large numbers.

Minor Pest What to do.: 
  • Hand picking and destruction is possible.
Minor Pest Position: 
6
Minor Pest Firstcontent: 
133
Pest Type: 
insect
Host Plants: 
Papaya
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