Canary Island Date palms been under attack by a new exotic and invasive weevil known as the South American Palm Weevil (SAPW), Rhynchophorus palmarum (L.)
The SAPW is native to parts of Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. SAPW was first collected from infested Canary Islands date palms in Tijuana, Mexico in 2010.
After physical examination by Mark Hoddle (UC Riverside-Director CISR) of the declined palm it was found to be infested with South American Palm Weevil (SAPW).
South American Palm Weevils were later captured in monitoring traps in San Ysidro, California in 2011 (~ 5 miles north of Tijuana).