Root Collar Weavel???

DVK dvank at
Fri Mar 26 18:51:59 EST 1999

Norman Hall-Gardiner wrote:

> DVK wrote in message <36FA8013.F28D31AD at>...
> >A few of my Red Pines (aka Norway Pines aka Pinus resinosa Aiton) have
> >succombed to what I think is a root collar weavel (I think that I've
> >heard of these creatures before, but I may be mistaken).  Anyway, the
> >trees broke off smooth and rounded where the stump meets the soil with a
> >little assistance from the wind.  Dried up sap cakes the earth where
> >this junction was.  Only one Jack Pine appears similarly effected.  I
> >have not seen any evidence of similar damage to my White Pines.
> >
> >Question:  What the hell is happening -- is there really a root collar
> >weavel?  Will they spread to more trees?  Are only unhealthy trees
> >sussesptable to this pest?  How do I eradicate or prevent the spread?
> >
> When I first read this I thought ' Easy - Large pine weevil (Hylobius
> abietinum).' They breed in the cut stumps of previous crops, and then the
> adults chew away at the bark of the new crop, usually at ground level. The
> tree dies if it is girdled. We often plant trees that have been dipped in a
> formulation of Gamma HCH, which will last for the first year, and may follow
> up with a spray in subsequent years if there is a need.
> But I have never heard of it attacking 23 year-old trees. I would suspect
> larger, warm-blooded creatures that have chewed the bark, allowing fungal
> attack to the exposed wood, which in turn has rotted the timber, leading to
> windblow. Perhaps voles?
> Norman

  Nope.  The affected area is below the soil line -- no tooth marks.  This is a
"first time" plantation since the land was cleared back in the late 1800s.

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