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Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada$
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Patricia J. Vittum

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501747953

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501747953.001.0001

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Coleopteran Pests: Family Curculionidae

Coleopteran Pests: Family Curculionidae

(p.267) 18 Coleopteran Pests: Family Curculionidae
Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada

Patricia J. Vittum

Cornell University Press

This chapter addresses several species of billbugs and weevils which damage turfgrass in North America. These insects have historically been classified in the family Curculionidae. At least 11 species of billbugs attack managed turfgrass in North America, including the bluegrass billbug; the lesser billbug; S. venatus (Say); S. inaequalis (Say); the hunting billbug; the Phoenix (or Phoenician) billbug; the Rocky Mountain (formerly Denver) billbug; S. coesifrons Gyllenhal; and S. apicalis (LeConte). The bluegrass billbug and hunting billbug are the most widely recognized and serious billbug pests on turfgrass. The chapter also looks at the annual bluegrass weevil, which is a pest exclusively of golf course fairways, tees, greens and collars, and of tennis court turf.

Keywords:   billbugs, weevils, turfgrass pests, Curculionidae, bluegrass billbug, lesser billbug, hunting billbug, Phoenician billbug, Rocky Mountain billbug, annual bluegrass weevil

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