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Pepper Weevil, Anthonomus eugenii Cano (Insecta:
Coleoptera: Curculionidae)1
John L. Capinera2
1. This document is EENY-278 (IN555), one of a series of Featured Creatures from the Entomology andNematology Department, Florida Cooperative
Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Published: November 2002. Revised: September 2008. This
document isalso available on Featured Creatures Website at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu. Please visit the EDIS Website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.
2. John L. Capinera, professor/chairman, Entomology andNematology Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida,
Gainesville, FL 32611.
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institutionauthorized to provide research, educational information and
other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion,age, disability, sex,
sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service,
University of Florida,IFAS, Florida A. & M. University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Larry
Arrington, Dean
The pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii Cano, is
the most importantinsect pest of pepper in the
southern United States.
The origin of the pepper weevil likely is Mexico,
though it has spread throughout most of Central
America and the Caribbean, andto the southern USA.
Pepper weevil was first found in the United States in
Texas, in 1904, reaching California in 1923 and
Florida in 1935. It is now found across the
southernmost United Statesfrom Florida to
California. Pepper weevil populations persist only
where food plants are available throughout the year,
largely limiting its economic pest status to the
southernmost state in the...