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Vine weevils

The Otiorrhynchi are a kind of weevil: The Black Vine Weevil O. sulcatus and the Cyclamen Weevil O. rugosostriatus are the worst pests on cyclamen.

The damage is done partly by the leaf-eating adult, brown to black in colour and some 6 mm long, and partly by the larvae which feed on the rootlets and main roots at the base of the cyclamen bulb.

The glasshouse climate enables this sort of beetle to develop at any time of year.

Chemical control is not easy, since adults and larvae require separate treatment, and resistance has already become apparent.

Preventive treatment, such as the use of bagged commercial compost, weed control in the surrounding areas and removal of rotting plant material, considerably reduces the risk of infestation.

Biological control is a useful alternative to chemicals.


  • Classification
  • Stages of development and body features
  • Damage seen on cyclamen following weevil attack
  • Root damage
  • Leaf damage
  • How vine weevils spread
  • Countermeasures
  • Biological control
  • Chemical control


This advice sheet is based on the methods used at the SCEA at Montourey (Fréjus, France). These procedures may need some modification to adapt them to other climatic situations. Before starting to grow cyclamen there needs to be a review of precautions against pests and diseases.   We must point out that our advice and suggestions are offered for information purposes and therefore cannot include any guarantee of specific results; it is a good idea to carry out trials beforehand.


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