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First report of the red palm weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Olivier, 1790) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Red palm weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Olivier, 1790 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) is one of the most important pest of the palm trees. Red palm weevil originates from Asia, where it is widespread. In the EPPO region, it appeared in 1992 in Egypt. The pest was registered in Croatia in 2011. In B&H, red palm weevil was first recorded on Phoenix canariensis in 2019 on the localities Čapljina and Neum (Herzegovina-Neretva Canton). A survey to determine the presence and distribution of the red palm weevil on palms in Bosnia and Herzegovina was done at the beginning of 2019. in two cantons, Herzegovina-Neretva and West Herzegovina. Visual inspections of potentially infested palm trees from genus Phoenix, Trachycarpus and Washingtonia was conducted at 73 sites. Trees were checked for symptoms. Symptoms in form of wilted and desiccated leaves were detected at four palm trees at municipality Čapljina and three palm trees at municipality Neum all from genus Pheonix. There were no visible symptoms on palm trees at Canton West Herzegovina.