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Beech Leaf Mining Weevil



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Beech Leaf Mining Weevil

Usually appear in

Spring to summer.


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Caused By:-     The Beetle Rhynchaenus fagi(Orchestes fagi)

Description

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The leaves of Beech are eaten leaving round holes. They lay their eggs in the center of the leaf and the larvae mines its way to the tip of the leaf leaving straight tracks of dead leaf, which often merge to kill part of the leaf.
See these other Weevils Apple Blossom Weevil, Figworth Weevils, Gorse Seed Weevil, Leaf Weevils, Nut Weevil, Pea and Bean Weevil, Turnip Gall Weevil,Vine Weevil, Weevils, Willow Flea Weevil.


Control

As this usually happens in the spring clipping the Beech and destroying the clippings will produce new growth which is not usually attacked. Spraying with a systemic insecticide is an option if the tree is small.

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