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 ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.