The South American palm weevil is about 1.5 to 2 inches long. Photo courtesy of Megan O’Donnell of the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
One symptom of red palm weevil damage is a frond in the bud that looks like an upside down seven when the leaf unfurls. Photo courtesy of Megan O’Donnell.
A UCCE study estimates the cost to establish a date palm orchard over nine years in the Coachella Valley is $33,000 an acre (2005-2006 data).
Date production is big business in the California and Arizona low deserts. Pictured in this 2008 photo is date grower Gus Nunez on his operation in Somerton, Ariz.
The red palm weevil is considered the worst pest of palm trees in the world. The first U.S. find of the pest occurred in a residential palm tree in Laguna Beach, Calif. Photo courtesy of John Kabashima of UCCE-Orange County.