The Little Leaf Notcher is a Florida weevil that is a threat at any age to all kinds of citrus trees.
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 does not inflict enough damage, young larvae attack trees as well. 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 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.
Scientific Name: Artipus floridanus
Size (Adult; Length): 5mm to 7mm (0.20in to 0.27in)
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.