Jul 31, PDF | On Jan 1, , John L. Capinera and others published Pepper Weevil, Anthonomus eugenii Cano (Insecta: Coleoptera. Summary. Anthonomus eugenii Cano (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) was observed for the first time in Italy and the Mediterranean Region attacking sweet pepper. The pepper weevil (Anthonomus eugenii) feeds and lays eggs on the genus Capsicum and a few species of Solanum (Solanaceae). It is an important pest of .

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The most complete treatment of pepper weevil biology is given by Elmore et al.

The blackish beetle is oval in shape and varies from 2. It can be a serious pest where it occurs.

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A complete generation requires 20 to 30 days, depending on weather. Photograph by University of Florida. Oviposition may commence within two days of mating. Host plant resistance on pepper to the pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii Cano.

Among vegetables, all varieties of pepper are susceptible euenii attack, tomatillo is a moderately susceptible host, and eggplant grown in proximity to pepper will sometimes be injured. They lack thoracic legs and have few large hairs or bristles.


The antennae are long and markedly expanded at the tip. Notice larva in stalk at upper left. Both adult and larval feeding causes bud drop.

Aggregation pheromone for the pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii Cano Coleoptera: Rodiguez, University of Florida. In central Florida, adults are common from March until June, reflecting the availability of peppers, but a few can be found throughout the year except in December and January. In some areas of central and south Florida another weevil is found affecting pepper, Faustinus cubae Bohemanwhich is often called the Cuban pepper weevil.

Pepper weevil adult response to colored sticky traps eugenoi pepper fields.

There are few cultural practices that significantly affect pepper weevil damage. Adult is shown to the left. Each femora bears a sharp anthonomhs. Feeding damge to plant stalk caused by larva of the Cuban pepper weevil, Faustinus cubae Boheman.

Anthonomus eugenii –

Host relations are described by Patrock and Schuster It is now found across the southernmost United States from Florida to California. Damage Back to Top An important form of damage is destruction of anthomomus buds and immature pods.


This weevil, though a serious pest in Brazil and other areas eugenij Latin America, is still quite limited in distribution in the United States. A clean, round hole marks the escape of the beetle from the bud or fruit.

Thus, the larvae are easily confused. Coleoptera – Diptera – Hymenoptera.

Pepper weevil

Removal and destruction of fallen fruit, for example, will result in destruction of larvae and pupae. The adult emerges from the pupal case three to four days after being formed. CapineraUniversity of Florida.

Males produce an aggregation pheromone that attracts both sexes Eller et al.

Action thresholds of one adult per terminal buds Riley et al. Journal of Economic Entomology Evaluation of relative sampling methods for population estimation of the pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii Cano Coleoptera: