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Research Project: Insecticide Resistance Management and New Control Strategies for Pests of Corn, Cotton, Sorghum, Soybean, and Sweet Potato

Location: Southern Insect Management Research

Title: Adults of the Waterfern Weevil, Stenopelmus rufinasus Gyllenhal (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) feed on a Non-Host Plant Salvinia minima Baker, in Louisiana

Author
item Parys, Katherine
item Tewari, Sunil - Dow Agro Sciences
item Johnson, Seth - Louisana State University

Submitted to: The Coleopterists Bulletin
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/4/2015
Publication Date: 6/22/2015
Publication URL: http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/61100
Citation: Parys, K.A., Tewari, S., Johnson, S. 2015. Adults of the Waterfern Weevil, Stenopelmus rufinasus Gyllenhal (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) feed on a Non-Host Plant Salvinia minima Baker, in Louisiana. The Coleopterists Bulletin. 69(2):316-318; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1649/0010-065X-69.2.316.

Interpretive Summary: We report observations of the waterfern weevil feeding on a non-host plant, common salvinia, for the first time in the United States. It has previously been only known to feed on mosquito fern plants.

Technical Abstract: The waterfern weevil, Stenopelmus refinasus Gyllenhal, has previously been reported as host-specific, only feeding on plants in the genus Azolla. We report the first observations of S. rufinasus feeding on a non-host plant, Salvinia minima Baker, within the United States.