Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus

Is anyone out there from California currently working with this organism? I'd like to discuss survey methodology with anyone currently involved with Rhynchophorus ferrugineus.

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  • In spite of best efforts, this insect has spread rapidlly in the Middle East and subsequently invaded Europe and now is in California.  We at Chair of Date Palm Research, King Saud University are working on this pest in Saudi Arabia and will be glad to share information and experience on this.  url:
  • Kevin is correct and I was not very clear.  Hoddle is leading UC's efforts in getting prepared should this thing bust loose. As Kevin said...CDFA and USDA are keeping the lid on and hopefully they will be successful.  As far as I know, though, if you want to actually work with the organism, you need to go overseas.  Kevin correct me if I am wrong
  • Survey is being conducted with traps and visual inspections by the California Dept. of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), in conjunction with USDA and the Orange County Agricultural Commissioner's office.

    CDFA's webpage on this weevil is at:


    You can also contact me directly at or 916-654-1211.


    Best regards,

    Kevin Hoffman

    State Entomologist


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    • Thanks - I'll try and shoot you an e-mail sometime in the next week. I am part of the Florida Department of Agriculture CAPS program, and having learned of your recent misfortune are doing our best to develop better survey protocols in advance of our own comeuppance. We're a lot closer to sources in the Caribbean but do import most of our ornamental Phoenix from California, and we'd hate to lose that avenue for interstate commerce. We genuinely wish you the best luck with your eradication program, and hope to learn from your success.


      Andrew Derksen

      FDACS/DPI/CAPS - South Florida Region

      (mobile) 305-970-5716

  • Talk to Mark Hoddle (  He is leading this efforts; although, technically it is not officially here yet--only detected and hopefully eradicated.
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