Jul 31, PDF | On Jan 1, , John L. Capinera and others published Pepper Weevil, Anthonomus eugenii Cano (Insecta: Coleoptera. Summary. Anthonomus eugenii Cano (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) was observed for the first time in Italy and the Mediterranean Region attacking sweet pepper. The pepper weevil (Anthonomus eugenii) feeds and lays eggs on the genus Capsicum and a few species of Solanum (Solanaceae). It is an important pest of .

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The pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii Cano, is the most important insect pest of pepper in the southern United States. Adult pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii Cano. Photograph by Paul M. Choate, University of Florida. The origin of the pepper weevil likely is Mexico, though it has spread throughout most of Central America and the Caribbean, and to the southern USA. Pepper weevil was first found in the United States in Texas, inreaching California in and Florida in It is now found across the southernmost United States from Florida to California.

Pepper weevil populations persist only where food plants are available throughout the year, largely limiting its economic sugenii status to the southernmost state in the USA.

Because transplants are shipped northward each spring, however, pepper weevil sometimes occurs in more northern locations. Pepper weevil was first observed in Hawaii in and in Puerto Rico in A complete generation requires 20 to 30 days, depending on weather. Under insectary conditions in California, up to eight generations have been produced in a single year, but three to five generations is probably normal in most locations.

The adults are long-lived and produce overlapping generations, so it is difficult to ascertain generation number accurately. In central Florida, adults are common from March until June, reflecting the availability of peppers, but a few can be found throughout the year except in December and January.

Adults overwinter, but only where food is available, because diapause does not occur in this species. Oviposition may commence within two days of mating. The eggs are white when first deposited, but soon turn yellow. They are oval in shape and measure 0. Eggs are deposited singly beneath the surface of the bud or pod. The female creates an egg cavity with her mouthparts before depositing the egg, and seals the puncture containing the egg with a light brown fluid that hardens and darkens.

Females deposit eggs at a rate of about five to seven eggs per day, and fecundity averages eggs but is nearly in some individuals. The mean incubation period is 4.

There are three instars. The larvae are white to gray in color, with a yellowish brown head. They lack thoracic legs and have few large hairs or bristles. Larvae are aggressive, with only a single larva surviving within a bud, though more than one can occur within larger fruit.

First instars measure about 1 mm in length range 0.


Second instars measure about 1. Third instars measure about 3. Mean development time of the larvae is about 1. The figure for third instar development time contains a prepupal period of about 4.

Pepper weevil

Larva of the pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii Cano. Rodiguez, University of Florida. The pupal cell is brittle and found within the blossom or fruit.

The pupa resembles the adult annthonomus form, except that the wings are not fully developed and large setae are found on the prothorax and abdomen. The pupa is white when first formed, but eventually becomes yellowish with brown eyes. Mean duration of the pupal stage is 4. Dorsal view of pupa with head and rostrum shown anthonokus ventral view. Pupa of the pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii Cano. Photograph by David Riley, University of Georgia; www.

The adult emerges from the pupal case three to four days after being formed. A clean, round hole marks the escape of the beetle from the bud or fruit. The blackish beetle is oval in shape and varies from 2. The body is strongly arched and with a long, stout beak as is typical anrhonomus this genus. The thorax and elytra are mostly covered with small scales. The antennae are long and markedly expanded at amthonomus tip.

Each femora bears a sharp tooth. The color is dark mahogany to nearly black. Feeding begins immediately after emergence. Males produce an aggregation pheromone that attracts both sexes Eller et al. Anthonomux most complete treatment of pepper weevil biology is given by Elmore et al. Other descriptions are egenii Goff and Wilson and Gordon and Armstrong Host relations are described by Patrock and Schuster Pepper weevil larvae develop only plants in the family Solanaceae.

Oviposition occurs on plants in the genera Capsicum and Solanumbut feeding by adults extends to other Solanaceae such as PhysalisLycopersiconDaturaPetuniaand Nicotiana.

Among vegetables, all varieties of pepper are susceptible to attack, tomatillo is a moderately susceptible host, and eggplant grown in proximity to pepper will sometimes be eutenii.

Several species of nightshade support pepper weevil, particularly black nightshade, Solanum nigrumbut also silverleaf nightshade, Solanum elaeagnifolium ; horsenettle, Solanum carolinense ; buffalo bur, Solanum rostratum ; and Jerusalem cherry, Solanum pseudocapsicum.

An important form of damage is destruction of blossom buds and immature pods. Both anthonoms and larval feeding causes bud drop. Adult feeding punctures appear as dark specks on the fruit, and are not very damaging. Sometimes the fruit is anthonomhs. Fruit drop is very common, and is perhaps the most obvious sign of infestation.

Larval feeding within the mature pod is another important form eugenli damage, causing the core to become brown, and often moldy. The stem of pods infested by larvae turn yellow, and the pod turns yellow or red prematurely. In the absence of pepper blossom and fruit, adults feed on leaves and stem anfhonomus of pepper, but cause no significant damage by these habits.

Puncture of peppers by pepper weevil allows penetration of the fungus Alternaria alternataan otherwise weak pathogen, and extensive fungal growth within the pepper fruit. Feeding damage on pepper caused by larvae of the pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii Cano.


Photograph by John L. CapineraUniversity of Florida. Pepper drop in the field; a common sign of infestation by the pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii Cano. In some areas of central and south Florida another weevil is found affecting pepper, Faustinus cubae Bohemanwhich is often called the Euenii pepper weevil.

This weevil, though a serious pest in Brazil and other areas of Latin America, is still quite limited in distribution in the United States. It can be a serious pest where it occurs. Anthonomuus larvae, which are similar in appearance to Anthonomus euginiibore in the stems of pepper and related plants, sometimes entering the fruit.

Thus, the larvae are easily confused.

Anthonomus eugenii (ANTHEU)[Overview]| EPPO Global Database

The appearance of adults is distinct, however, with the body of the Faustinus cubae weevil bearing numerous rough or raised areas, and a considerable amount of ekgenii coloration. This is in sharp contrast to the shiny black A. Adult Cuban pepper weevil, Faustinus cubae Bohemandorsal view. Adult Cuban pepper weevil, Faustinus cubae Bohemanlateral view.

Adult Cuban pepper weevil, Faustinus cubae Bohemanshowing actual size. Photograph by University of Florida. Larva of the Cuban pepper weevil, Faustinus cubae Boheman. Feeding damge to plant stalk caused by larva of the Cuban pepper weevil, Faustinus cubae Boheman. Adult is shown to the left. Notice larva in stalk at upper left. Parasitoids of pepper weevil include Catolaccus hunteri Crawford Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae and Bracon mellitor Say Hymenoptera: The distribution of weevils is aggregated.

Adult population estimates are best obtained by visual examination and yellow sticky traps Segarra-Carmona eugfnii Pantoja a. Traps should be placed 10 to 60 cm above the soil; one sq cm trap captures as many weevils as are detected by inspecting 50 buds Riley and Schuster anthonomks If visual monitoring is preferred, terminal bud sampling is effective, although more beetles are present in the morning than evening Riley et al.

Action thresholds of one adult per terminal buds Riley et al. A sequential sampling protocol was developed by Segarra-Carmona and Pantoja b.

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Insecticides are commonly applied to the foliage at short intervals once buds begin to form. Insecticidal suppression is feasible, but insecticides vary considerably in effectiveness, and even in the presence of chemical insecticides some loss eygenii occurs.

Segarra-Carmona and Pantoja b estimated that economic damage commences with adult populations of eugenoi. Insect Management Guide for tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. There are few cultural practices that significantly affect pepper weevil damage. Sanitation can be important, if it can be implemented on an appropriate scale.