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  • Little Leaf Notcher - (Artipus floridanus)

    Little Leaf Notcher - (Artipus floridanus)

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

    Staff Writer (8/2/2017): 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.

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    Little Leaf Notcher

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

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

    Size (Adult, Length): 5mm to 7mm (0.20in to 0.28in)

    Identifying Colors: white, gray

    Additional Descriptors: citrus, oranges, lemon, grapefruit, trees, snout, trunk, small,

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

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