Anthonomus pomorum

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Apple blossom weevil
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Curculionidae
Subfamily: Curculioninae
Genus: Anthonomus
A. pomorum
Binomial name
Anthonomus pomorum

Anthonomus pomorum or the apple blossom weevil is a univoltine herbivore of apple trees, Malus domestica.[1]

Life history[edit]

Adults generally overwinter in leaf litter of forests or hedgerows. In Spring, weevils immigrate into orchards and colonize apple trees.[2][3] The weevils may find their host trees using pheromones or plant-derived chemical cues.[4]

Spiders can be effective predators of A. pomorum.[5]


  1. ^ Claudia Hausmann; Jorg Samietz; Silvia Dorn (2004). "Visual Orientation of Overwintered Anthonomus pomorum (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)" (PDF). Entomological Society of America. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-08-15.
  2. ^ Toepfer, S., H. Gu, and S. Dorn. 1999. Spring colonisation of orchards by Anthonomus pomorum from adjacent forest borders. Entomol. Exp. Appl. 93: 131-139.
  3. ^ Toepfer, S., H. Gu, and S. Dorn. 2002. Phenological analysis of spring colonisation of apple trees by Anthonomus pomorum. Entomol. Exp. Appl. 103: 151-159.
  4. ^ Kalinova, B., K. Stransky, J. Harmatha, R. Ctvrtecka, and J. Zdarek. 2000. Can chemical cues from blossom buds influence cultivar preference in the apple blossom weevil (Anthonomus pomorum)? Entomol. Exp. Appl. 95: 47-52.
  5. ^ Marc, P., and A. Canard. 1997. Maintaining spider biodiversity in agroecosystems as a tool in pest control. Agric Ecosyst Environ 62:229–235.