(Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi
Arabia, United Arab Emirate)
Information on Red Palm Weevil was first published
in 1891 in India. This pest was first described as a serious pest of the coconut
palm in 1906, while in 1917 it was described as a serious pest in the date palm
in the Punjab, India.
In 1918, RPW caused serious damage to the date
palm in Mesopotamia (Iraq) but no insect specimens were collected to confirm it.
RPW entered and was discovered during the
mid-1980s in the Arabian Gulf countries (Bahrain,
Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirate).
However, it has become a most destructive pest of date palms in the Middle East.
Gulf area India
Iran Jordan Spain
the Mediterranean Area
the Middle East
RPW World Report