What parts of the plant can root weevils eat?

AAO

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I recently procured a Diaprepes abbreviatus specimen and I can’t really release it with a good conscience since it’s an invasive pest species where I live. What can I feed him? I have a hibiscus plant and there are plenty of hollies nearby, but do I have to feed him roots? Or will he eat leaves/twigs as well?
Any help is appreciated!
 

The Snark

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Root weevils. Huge pain in the butt in sugar cane. Do they even go up above the dirt? Around here in many places they can only plant cane once every 3 to 5 years to allow the weevils to starve off.
 

sodaspider

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Hi,

D. abbreviatus will eat both the roots and the leaves of plants. D. abbreviatus larvae seem to gravitate towards the roots, while adults chew holes in leaves.
 

The Snark

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Alternating sugar cane and cassava. Revenge on the weevils.
 
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