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Parsnip pest

Post: #276912 Odsox
Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:28 pm

I have a parsnip pest that I have never seen before, and was wondering if anyone else knows for certain what it is.
The plants look perfectly fine but the roots have white grubs/larvae burrowed inside, about 3 or 4 to each root. They are very similar to vine weevil grubs but are slightly bigger and they make each root just about unusable.
I have Googled and the best I can find is the Carrot Weevil, but I can't tell if that occurs in the British Isles as most of the references are for America.
Has anyone else seen this before, either on carrots or parsnips ?
Tony

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Re: Parsnip pest

Post: #276960 Flo
Thu Nov 28, 2013 5:03 pm

Parsnips suffer from carrot fly Sir.

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Re: Parsnip pest

Post: #276961 Odsox
Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:11 pm

Thanks Flo, I realise that, but carrot root fly larvae are thread like and less than a millimetre in diameter and these are about 5mm in diameter and about 20mm long. Huge beasties like big vine weevil larvae.
I have never seen them before and I don't mind if I never see them again.
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Re: Parsnip pest

Post: #277052 Millymollymandy
Tue Dec 10, 2013 1:52 pm

Size sounds rather like chafer grubs but I've not heard of them burrowing into parsnip roots before. Normally they eat grass roots although I do find some in my veg patch. Chickens like them. :iconbiggrin:

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Re: Parsnip pest

Post: #277053 Millymollymandy
Tue Dec 10, 2013 1:55 pm

And also, even though I'm a bug crazy person, those that are usually underground I know less about. Thanks for mentioning vine weevils as I hadn't realised their larvae looked like that. That'd be the 20 or so we found in a pot containing daffodils that I've just replanted. The chooks enjoyed their treat! :lol:
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