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This was in the garden of our holiday rental in Alcudia, Mallorca. Can you tell me what it is please?
It is a red palm weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus
It "has become the most important pest of the date palm in the world (Gomez & Ferry 1998)"
But it is not limited to date palms - it has over 20 palms in its diet
I've seen one here in Cyprus; a female, and she had tiny youngsters crawling all over her. it was the biggest weevil I've ever seen.
It has devasted the Palm trees in the south of Spain. Stand on as many as you can - although that really won't make much difference!