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Southwest Regional Reports

Pest Alert: Agave Snout Weevil

These pests are a slow and steady killer of agaves

Agave snout weevils are tiny, but they can cause a lot of damage. Photo: courtesy of Nanosanchez/commons.wikimedia.org, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

What is an agave snout weevil (Scyphophorus acupunctatus) you ask? We asked the same thing a few months ago when we noticed one of our American century plants (Agave americana, Zones 8–10) looking oddly wilted around the base. We were fairly new to Arizona and had never encountered the agave snout weevil over all our years in Colorado. Little did we know that this tiny terror is well known in the Southwest, infamous for the damage it can cause to a beautiful, mature landscape. Is your yard at risk? Here’s what we have learned so far about these dastardly little devils.

When I (Laurel) was growing up, Mom (Sheila) tried her best to pass along her love for bugs. She even had a collection of insects, well preserved in jewelry boxes. So we will be the first to admit that these weevils are actually a bit cute, with their elephant-like…

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