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Charles Wychgel

Red Palm Weevils found in my garden.....

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Charles Wychgel

It had to come to me it was only a matter of time

After losing three mature CIDP last year to Fusarium oxysporum I had one CIDP left, which I kept under close surveillance, seeing all those affected trees around my hood

It was trimmed last March (fronds were hanging in the drive way) and inspected for weevil damage or entry points

We found nothing that indicated the presence of the RPW but decide to give it a spray of insecticide and nematodes anyway

With cooler weather now we decided to give it another trim and inspection

Leonardo(French) arrived with his Bulgarian help and started disinfecting the chainsaw with bleach and diesel so not to spread Fusarium , he also took a good look at the palm , shook his head wearily and pointed at some new fronds that were slightly leaning

We put up a ladder, Leonardo put on his safety goggles and gloves, climbed up the ladder pulled out the leaning fronds without any effort and threw them at me saying something that included the word "merde"

After that it was routine work for him, with the chainsaw the heart was taken out leaving a flat surface covered with sticky syrup that in no time attracted hordes of flies; the flat part clearly showed the holes burrowed by the larvae

In the process several larvae fell on the ground; some young weevils and also some baby rats from a nest between the petioles

All the leaves and other plant material was loaded on the truck to be destroyed

A thorough spray with insecticide of the on the cut materials and a follow up with a nematode spray next morning.....job done; follow up will be an inspection in two weeks, stay tuned

I took a shot of "aguardente de medronho" to calm my nerves and opened a special bottle of wine for dinner to ensure a good night sleep

Crown before the operation

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Three leaning fronds at 13.00 hrs

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Petiole with entry(left) and exit(right) holes, exit holes are bigger as the larvae fill up with "my" CIDP

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Damaged petiole

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Spear damage

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Leonardo the plant surgeon

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9 weevils

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Open heart surgery

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Finished surgery

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Charles Wychgel

Some more pix

Surgery finished

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After pic

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Another after pic

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Always look at the bright side of life....more space for other palms :rolleyes:

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Nigel

Charles,

What a sad sight that is............... really sorry to see this.

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gyuseppe

Charles you're in good company These Days is collapsed suddenly my female phoenix canariensis,

I Threw the insecticide in the summer, But This Was not Enough

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Kris

Dear Charles

Those visuals are painful,And iam very sorry to see that plight.....Since it happens to be my No.1 Favorite palm.

Love,

kris.

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gyuseppe

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as you can see the phoenix canariensis no longer the central part,

has this happened in 4 days!,

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Kev Spence

Its a nasty beastie Charles and certainly makes quick work of palm's this was just a year ago and all looks fine.

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Do you not think further down the trunk the weevils could still be there?

I remember taking these pics in your area I bet all those Phoenix growing in a close circle are done for as well....how has Antonio managed?

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BS Man about Palms

Very sad. But thank you for the info. You should provide a link from the other big RPW thread.

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Ron Vanderhoff

This is an excellent discussion beginning here about Red Palm Weevil.

There is a very active discussion going on about RPW on on PalmTalk called "Red Palm Beetles found in Laguna Beach, CA". My link

The discussion is quite lively and with eight pages of posts so far.

I think many members would be interested in the discussion and photographs that are getting posted here.

Ron

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John in Andalucia

Charles, sorry for your loss, and hopefully the wine inspired some ideas! How about planting a Bismarckia?

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Charles Wychgel

Charles, sorry for your loss, and hopefully the wine inspired some ideas! How about planting a Bismarckia?

Have three of them John, the blue ones that is as the green one never lived longer than one winter

But you are right I am already thinking what I am going to do with the empty space

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