oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Erytenna consputa Pascoe (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) as the main mortality factor of developing fruits of the weed, Hakea sericea Schrader, in South Africa

Volume 48, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The contribution of the newly-established hakea fruit weevil, Erylenna conspula, to the mortality of seeds of the weed Hakea seneea in South Africa was measured at weekly intervals, each fruiting season, for three years. Natural abortion and other causes, such as rodent and insect feeding, were insignificant. The incidence of natural abortion was similar in the presence and absence of E. consputa.

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