Journal of
Horticulture and Forestry

  • Abbreviation: J. Hortic. For.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9782
  • DOI: 10.5897/JHF
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 287

Full Length Research Paper

Host location and ovipositional preference of Elaeidobius kamerunicus on four host palm species

Adaigbe V. C.1*, Odebiyi J. A.2, Omoloye A. A.2, Aisagbonhi C. I.1 and Iyare O.1
1Entomology Division, NIFOR, P.M.B 1030, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. 2Crop Protection and Environmental Biology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 12 April 2011
  •  Published: 31 May 2011


The response of the oil palm pollinating weevil Elaeidobius kamerunicus Faust (Coleoptera: Cucurlionidae) to the inflorescence of different palm species was tested in a choice, non- choice and a four arm- olfactometer bioassay. Weevils preferred significantly the inflorescence of oil palm (E. guineensis Jacq) for oviposition. In both choice and non-choice tests using mated adult females, significantly more eggs were laid on oil palm than coconut, livingstona and royal palms. E. kamerunicus is able to locate its host plant by olfactory stimuli. These experiments support the hypothesis that pollen–seeking insects use pollen odour cues to locate its oviposition site.


Key words: Elaeidobius kamerunicus, Elaeis guineensishost preference, oviposition, olfactometer.