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Little Leaf Notcher (Artipus floridanus)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Little Leaf Notcher

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The Little Leaf Notcher is a Florida weevil that is a threat at any age to all kinds of citrus trees.

Updated: 07/07/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Coleoptera
        Family: Curculionidae
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          Genus: Artipus
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            Species: floridanus
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Artipus floridanus
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 5mm to 7mm (0.19" to 0.27")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: white, gray
Descriptors: citrus, oranges, lemon, grapefruit, trees, snout, trunk, small, harmful, pest, garden pest

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 5mm (0.2in) and 7mm (0.3in)
Lo: 5mm
Md: 6mm
Hi: 7mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Little Leaf Notcher may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Little Leaf Notcher. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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