Subject: Unidentified bug
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
November 5, 2014 9:03 pm
Can you identify this bug? I spotted it on the wall and I seated it with my hat. I thought it was dead until I picked it up to throw it outside.
Signature: Chris DiLullo
This is a Diaprepes Root Weevil, Diaprepes abbreviatus. It is an introduced species from the Caribbean and according to BugGuide: “Major pest of citrus crops: larvae often girdle the taproot, which may kill the plant and provide an avenue for Phythophora infections. A single larva can kill young hosts while several larvae can cause serious decline of older, established hosts. Pest of sugarcane in the Caribbean(2); earliest record in our area: FL 1964.”