The pesky little Strawberry Root Weevil is a beetle that attacks strawberry plants at any age both above and below ground.
Strawberry Root Weevils are a type of beetle. They are small and may be mistaken for a tick, but ticks have eight legs, while weevils only have six. Weevils also have a long, tubular 'snout' that resembles the trunk of an elephant. The Strawberry Root Weevil is black with a round abdomen and round thorax. It cannot fly and does not bite or sting. They are sometimes found inside homes in areas surrounding water sources like bathtubs, sinks and wash basins. It does not hurt people or pets or even pantries, but they tend to be found in crawling on walls and ceilings, making them a nuisance in the house. Chemical treatments are not always effective in killing them, so removal by vacuum is recommended.
In its natural habitat outdoors, strawberry plants are a primary target for the Strawberry Root Weevil. They also eat raspberry plants and ornamentals. Young larvae chew at the plants roots, covertly weakening the plant. At night, adults chew away at the leaves and berries further harming the plant's health, not to mention robbing a gardener of a harvest. To confirm it as the problem, an after-sunset visit to the garden with a flashlight can help. Shaking adults off of plants onto paper or fabric to remove them and destroy them can help. Adults can overwinter and lay eggs in the spring. Because the weevil does not fly, planting strawberries in a different place every year robs the next generation of a food source.
Scientific Name: Otiorhynchus ovatus
Size (Adult; Length): 4mm to 6mm (0.16in to 0.23in)
Colors: black, red
Descriptors: bumpy, round, textured, snout, elephant, trunk, pantry, pest
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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.