The primary target of the palmetto weevil is the Canary Island date palm. Date palms, sabal palms, Bismark palms and Washingtonian palms are also susceptible to a much lesser extent to attack by the palmetto weevil. Palmetto weevil damage quickly becomes evident as the upper fronds of the attacked palm collapse often giving the impression that the top has fallen out of the palm tree sometimes referred to as a “popped neck”. The lower fronds can remain green for months. But without the palm bud, the palm tree dies.
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