Exotic Pest Reporting
CA Dept of Food and Agriculture
Loosestrife root weevil
Loosestrife root weevil (Hylobius transversovittus) is a beneficial insect of Loosestrife. It was first detected in North America in 1992.
Introduction of purple loosestrife into North America and its spread into wetlands has led to the degradation of these important habitats for wildlife. European studies demonstrated that this root boring weevil is highly host specific to the target weed and might prove successful on providing long term control.