curculio

[kur-kyoo-lee-oh]
noun, plural curculios.
any of several weevils, especially one of the genus Conotrachelus, as C. nenuphar (plum curculio) which feeds on plums, cherries, and other fruits.

Origin:
1750–60; < Latin: weevil, corn worm

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curculio (kɜːˈkjuːlɪˌəʊ)
 
n , pl -lios
any of various American weevils, esp Conotrachelus nenuphar (plum curculio), a pest of fruit trees
 
[C18: from Latin: grain weevil]

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curculio

any of various stout-bodied weevils of the beetle family Curculionidae (order Coleoptera). Among the best known is the plum curculio (q.v.), which attacks plums, apples, peaches, and other fruits

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If you have only a few trees, try controlling the curculio with traps.
Evaluation of pyramid traps for monitoring plum curculio adults in apple orchards.
Alley cropping forage crops under walnut trees may have an effect on the ability of the walnut curculio to damage nuts.
Spray a recommended insecticide as the pods develop to avoid damage from the cowpea curculio and other seed-eating insects.
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