European Elm Flea Weevil

Holey Elms boggs.47@osu.edu Thu, 05/19/2022 - 12:13
Elm Flea Weevils (Orchestes steppensis) produce three types of damage on their namesake host: holes in the leaves, distorted leaves, and blotch-type leafmines. The three symptoms are currently on display in southern Ohio.
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Elms with Holey Leaves boggs.47@osu.edu Mon, 06/21/2021 - 12:07
The holy handiwork of the Elm Flea Weevil (Orchestes steppensis) is evident on native, non-native, and hybrid elms in southwest Ohio. Holes in elm leaves result from the adult “snout beetles” feeding on the leaves as well as the larvae tunneling between the upper and lower leaf surfaces as leafminers.
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Holey Elms boggs.47@osu.edu Wed, 05/20/2020 - 16:21
Holes can appear in the leaves of native, non-native, and hybrid elms at this time of the year owing to damage caused by the non-native elm flea weevil. This weevil was incorrectly identified as the European elm flea weevil for many years. However, the true identity was sorted out a few years ago.
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Bedraggled Elms: the Weevil boggs.47@osu.edu Fri, 05/31/2019 - 11:28
The leaves of native elms, non-natives, and hybrids can look a bit bedraggled at this time of the year owing to the adult pit feeding activity and larval leafmining activity of the elm flea weevil. Fortunately, leafmining by the weevil has drawn to a close, so the damage you see now will be the most damage that you'll see this season. Unfortunately, round two of the adult weevil damage is already underway.
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Curtis E. Young

Overwintered European Elm Flea Weevils are Attacking Their Namesake Hosts

Overwintered European elm flea weevils (Orchestes alni) are attacking emerging elm leaves in southwest Ohio.  A close examination will reveal weevils feeding and frolicking (mating) among the newly expanding leaves.  Adults produce small feeding holes and females produce additional damage by laying eggs into mid-rib veins and major lateral veins of the leaves.

As leaves expand, the feeding holes become larger and more apparent producing the characteristic "shothole" leaf damage associated with this weevil.  Damage caused by oviposition also becomes more noticeable with...

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