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Plum Gouger
 
Plum gouger, Coccotorus scutellaris LeConte.  Photo by Drees.
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Plum gouger,
Coccotorus scutellaris LeConte
(Coleoptera: Curculionidae),
on Mexican plum.
Photo by Drees.
Common Name: Plum gouger
Scientific Name: Coccotorus scutellaris LeConte
Order: Coleoptera

Description: Adult plum gouger weevils have smooth dark brown wing covers and yellow-brown heads and legs. They are similar to the plum curculio, but plum curculios are rarely observed.

Life Cycle:

Habitat and Food Source(s): Primarily attacks native plums, although adults may feed on buds and blossoms of peaches and plums.

Pest Status, Damage: Damaged fruit becomes gnarled and distorted from adult feeding and egg-laying punctures, and the larvae feed on the kernels of the pits.

Management:

For additional information, contact your local Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent or search for other state Extension offices.

Literature: Metcalf et al. 1962; Swan & Papp 1972.

From the book:
Field Guide to Texas Insects,
Drees, B.M. and John Jackman,
Copyright 1999
Gulf Publishing Company,
Houston, Texas

A Field Guide to Common Texas Insects, Bastiaan M. Drees and John A. Jackman.
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