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Little Leaf Notcher (Artipus floridanus)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Little Leaf Notcher, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 8/2/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Little Leaf Notcher  
Picture of Little-Leaf-Notcher-Weevil
Picture of Little-Leaf-Notcher-Weevil

The Little Leaf Notcher is a Florida weevil that is a threat at any age to any type of citrus tree.

Little Leaf Notchers do exactly what their name suggests. Adults chew away at the new, tender leaf growth in citrus orchards. They are not partial to any type of fruit and will even eat foliage off of hybrid trees. As if depriving the tree of its food makers wasn't enough damage, the females lay their fertilized eggs on leaves that eventually fall off the tree. The newly hatched larvae burrow into the soil and begin eating the tree from the roots below. They are also fast developers and reproducers so many generations could be present on the same tree simultaneously. If enough of these weevils infest a tree, they collectively could kill it. Because citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit are key crops grown in Florida, the Little Leaf Notcher is pest and requires diligent control measures.

Little Leaf Notcher Information

Category: Beetle
Common Name: Little Leaf Notcher
Scientific Name: Artipus floridanus

Taxonomy Hierarchy

 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Insecta
    Arrow graphic Order: Coleoptera
     Arrow graphic Family: Curculionidae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Artipus
       Arrow graphic Species: floridanus

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 5 mm to 7 mm (0.195 inches to 0.273 inches)
Identifying Colors: white, gray
Additional Descriptors: citrus, oranges, lemon, grapefruit, trees, snout, trunk, small,

North American Territorial Reach (Though Not Limited To): Florida

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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