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Often called "plum curculio," this beetle with the long, curved snout is a common pest of apples, peaches, cherries, apricots, pears, and plums, but only east of the Rocky Mountains and primarily in the north. They're a diminutive 1/4-inch long, so they're not easy to spot. That's why you're more likely to see the damage they cause: Initially they make small, circular scars in the skins of developing apples and pears under which they lay eggs. After hatching, the larvae tunnel into the fruits leaving browned and mishapen fruits. Often trees abort the damaged fruit prematurely.
Adult beetles survive winter hiding among fallen leaves and garden debris. They become active just about the time apples bloom, and that's the most important time to take preventative action.
Last updated: 2/26/16
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