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Strawberry Root Weevil (Otiorhynchus ovatus)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Strawberry Root Weevil

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The pesky little Strawberry Root Weevil is a beetle that attacks strawberry plants throughout its life, both above and below ground.

Updated: 07/12/2023; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Strawberry Root Weevils are small and may be mistaken for a tick, but ticks have eight legs, while weevils only have six. The Strawberry Root Weevil is black with a round abdomen and round thorax. Like other weevils it also has a long, tubular 'snout' that resembles the trunk of an elephant. It cannot fly and does not bite or sting. It is sometimes found inside homes in areas near water sources like bathtubs, sinks, and wash basins. It does not hurt people or pets or even pantry food, but it tends 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. It also eats from raspberry and ornamental plants. Young grubs living underground chew at the plant's roots, weakening the plant's ability to take up water. At night, adults chew away at the leaves and berries further harming the plant's health, and subsequently robbing a gardener of a harvest. To confirm this weevil as the problem, an after-sunset visit to the garden with a flashlight can reveal their presence. Shaking adults off of plants onto paper or fabric to remove them helps diminish their numbers and damage. Adults can overwinter and lay eggs in the spring. Because the weevil does not fly, planting strawberries in a different place every year removes the next generation's easy access to a food source.©InsectIdentification.org

Known Diet of the Strawberry-Root-Weevil

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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: Otiorhynchus
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            Species: ovatus

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Otiorhynchus ovatus
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 4mm to 6mm (0.15" to 0.23")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; red
Descriptors: bumpy; round; textured; snout; elephant; trunk; pantry; pest; garden pest; bathroom

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 4mm (0.2in) and 6mm (0.2in)
Lo: 4mm
Md: 5mm
Hi: 6mm

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Strawberry Root Weevil 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 Strawberry Root Weevil. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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