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Weevil (Curculionoidea)Gonipterus sp. (genus)

Eucalyptus Weevil at Maffra, NSW

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Gonipterus sp. (genus) at Maffra, NSW - 18 Jan 2018
Gonipterus sp. (genus) at Maffra, NSW - 18 Jan 2018
Gonipterus sp. (genus) at Maffra, NSW - 18 Jan 2018

Identification history

Weevil (Curculionoidea) Gonipterus sp. (genus) 20 Jan 2018 KimPullen
Weevil (Curculionoidea) Gonipterus sp. (genus) 19 Jan 2018 JackieMiles

Author's notes

This patch of E. bridgesiana woodland at Maffra has been in very poor health for the last 2 years at least. The ranger for nearby Ironmungie NR has had it confirmed that Gonipterus weevils are to blame for the defoliation, as in the Berridale E. viminalis dieback. There are still a few healthy trees, but most are afflicted to some degree and some are already dead. Oddly the few E. viminalis at the eastern side of the stand still look to be in good health. I couldn't find any larvae, just adults, though I didn't search too far. A separate record for the E. bridgesiana shows the state of the trees.

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Eucalyptus bridgesiana at Maffra, NSW - 18 Jan 2018
Eucalyptus bridgesiana at Maffra, NSW - 18 Jan 2018

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Location information

  • Coordinates 148.958917-36.524117
  • Altitude 860.0m
  • Places Maffra, NSW

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 18 Jan 2018 3:02 PM Recorded on
  • JackieMiles Recorded by
  • Website Reported via
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