Anthonomus rubi

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Strawberry blossom weevil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Curculionidae
Subfamily: Curculioninae
Tribe: Anthonomini
Genus: Anthonomus
Species: A. rubi
Binomial name
Anthonomus rubi
Herbst, 1795

The Strawberry blossom weevil, Anthonomus rubi is a weevil that feeds on members of the Rosaceae and is an important pest of strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa Duchesne) and raspberry (Rubus idaeus L.). This insect is a particularly problematic pest of strawberry in Europe, in some cases responsible for up to 80% loss of the berry crop.[1] Adults feed on strawberry foliage, and females lay eggs inside unopened flower buds (one egg per bud) before partially or totally severing the stalk;[2] larvae develop inside the severed buds, feeding on the wilting tissue.

Role of pheromones[edit]

Adults are thought to be attracted to strawberries by chemicals released by the plants. Monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and aromatic compounds acted as odorants (attractors) on weevils' receptor neurons.[3] Male A. rubi then release their own blend of aggregation pheromone, three components of which have been shown to attract weevils to baited traps.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Popov, S.Ya. (1996) Possibility of monitoring the population density of the strawberry blossom weevil, Anthonomus rubi Herbst (Coleoptera, Curculionidae), on strawberry by two methods: counting clipped buds and using pheromones. Entomol. Rev., 75, 104–109.
  2. ^ "Strawberry blossom weevil". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Helena Bichão; Anna-Karin Borg-Karlson; Jorge Araújo; Hanna Mustaparta (2005). "Five Types of Olfactory Receptor Neurons in the Strawberry Blossom Weevil Anthonomus rubi: Selective Responses to Inducible Host-plant Volatiles". Chemical Senses. 30 (2): 153–170. doi:10.1093/chemse/bji012. 
  4. ^ Innocenzi, P. J., Hall, D.R. and Cross, J.V. (2001) Components of male aggregation pheromone of strawberry blossom weevil, Anthonomus rubi, Herbst. (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). J. Chem. Ecol., 27, 1203–1218.