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Barypeithes root weevil updated
Beneficial nematodes
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birch aphid updated
black bean aphid new
black cherry aphids new
black stem borer
bluegum psyllid
branch and twig borer
brown marmorated stink bug

bronze birch borer
boxwood leafminer
boxwood psyllid updated
bulb flies
cabbage whitefly new
carpet beetle (images)
Calligraph californica

Ceanothus stem gall moth
cereal leaf beetle
cherry ermine moth
chilli thrips
cinnabar moth
clay colored weevil
cottony camellia scale
cypress tip moth
dogwood sawfly
Douglas fir sawfly
Douglas fir twig weevil
dustywings new
elm leafminer
European pine shoot moth
European wool carder bee
emerald ash borer
Fall webworm
flatheaded cedar borer
ground beetle gallery new
hollyhock weevil
honeylocust plant bug
honeylocust pod gall midge
Heliothis phloxiphaga
holly bud moth
huckleberry root aphids
ground mealybug
Japanese beetle new
lacewings new
lady beetle gallery updated
leaf weevil
light brown apple moth
maple aphids updated
maple tip moth
maple midge
March flies updated
mountain ash sawfly
Narcissus bulb fly updated
Natural enemies gallery new
spruce twig aphid
oak ambrosia beetle
oak slug
oak twig gall wasp new
obscure root weevil
Pacific flatheaded borer
peach tree borer
peach twig borer
pear blight beetle updated
pear psylla
pear leaf-curling midge
pear sawfly
pine needle scale
pine and cone spittlebug new
poplar and willow borer
Psyllopsis fraxinicola updated
rose curculio weevil
rose midge
rove beetle gallery new
sequoia pitch moth
soldier beetle galleryn new
snakefly gallery new
speckled green fruitworm
meadow spittlebug updated
tent caterpillars
viburnum leaf beetle
violet gall midge
western poplar clearwing
western spotted cucumber beetle
white pine weevil updated
woolly ash aphid
woolly beech aphid updated

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Polydrusus weevil

Polydrusus impressifrons, also known as the the leaf weevil or pale green weevil, is sometimes found in large numbers in nurseries in the late spring/early summer. This weevil is European in origin and first found in New York in 1906. They are reported to feed on leaves of trees such as apple, birch, black locust, blueberry, elm, linden, oak, peach, pear, plum, poplar, rose, strawberry and willow (Beers et al, 2003; Rosetta, personal observation). They are rarely considered a pest but shade tree growers might want to inspect for terminal feeding and loss. Their feeding can be more of a problem on smaller, liner-sized plant material. Their larvae feed on roots.


Beers, E., M. Klaus, A. Gebhard, S. Cockfield, Rich Zack, and C. O'Brien. 2003. Proceedings of the 77th Annual Western Orchard Pest & Disease Management Conference

Niedbala, J. 2012. Biology of a little known weevil: Polydrusus impressifrons. <Nov. 12, 2012).

Parrot, P.J. and H. Glasgow. The leaf weevil (Polydrusus impressifrons Gyll.) in New York. 46 Annual Report of the Entomological Society of Ontario. 1915 1916. pp 60-65. <3 May 2016>

Very nice shot of the weevil's mandibles can be found at this site (language is French but the picture is universal)

Nice images of various Polydrusus weevil species along with helpful hints to distinguish P. sericeus and P. impressifrons are available at the BugGuide webpage on these weevils.


Orginal publication: 4/30/2007
Latest publication: 5/3/2016


Author: R.L. Rosetta, Extension Nursery Integrated Pest Management, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University


Adult Polydrusus (image more true to color)
Polydrusus weevil
Side shot of Polydrusus
Polydrusus weevil
Ventral shot of Polydrusus
Polydrusus ventral shot
Mating Polydrusus on river birch
mating Polydrusus
Mating weevils with frass and damage
mating weevils with frass
Polydrusus egg mass
Polydrusus egg mass
Photo: Ken Gray
Polydrusus weevil feeding on river birch
Polydrusus on river birch
Polydrusus damage
Polydrusus damage
Ken Gray
Polydrusus damage on river birch
Polydrusus feeding damage
Large numbers of Polydrusus are possible
leaf weevils
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