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medieval knievel
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:03 pm    Post subject: online source for pest identification? Reply with quote

i was repotting a strawberry plant recently, with the intention of giving it to a friend, and found a dozen or so larvae in the soil of the pot.
unfortunately, i don't have a photo of them (about a centimetre long, cream, with reddish heads), but was wondering if there is an online resource for identification of these things?
i picked them out of the soil and disposed of them, as i don't want to pass what may be a harmful pest on to a friend, but am curious as to whether i may have killed something which was actually helpful...
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James Kilkelly
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

medieval knievel you did the right thing, as it sounds like they were vine weevil.
A bit more information here Vine weevil



It would be worth your while applying a chemical or biological control for these, if more are present.
Over the next month or so I am going to put together a batch of articles on our local garden pests, a version of your online source for pest identification.
Keep an eye out for it.
An example of what I am talking about....... wireworm and slugs on potatoes.

Vine weevil larvae Images courtesy
Peggy Greb, USDA Agricultural Research Service, United States
www.forestryimages.org
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medieval knievel
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheers - that looks like the buggers.
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