The Cabbage Seedpod Weevil is an insect that is causing damage to canola crops in southern Alberta and therefore should be on our watch-list for the County. Although the weevil has been found mainly in the southernmost part of the province, it has been moving north in the last two years and may become more of a threat in the County with the changing climate. 

What are the Risks?

The Seedpod Weevil produces one generation per year and overwinters in roadside ditches, fence lines and tree litter.  The adult female makes a hole in the canola pod and lays her eggs directly into the pod. The eggs hatch and produce larvae that feed on the growing seed within the pod. Depending on the degree of infestation, resulting yield loss can be significant.

What to Look For

Cabbage Seedpod Weevil

                                      Feeding larvae

Cabbage Seedpod Weevil  Cabbage Seedpod Weevil

                                        Adult Weevil


Because the Cabbage Seedpod Weevil is capable of inflicting serious damage to canola crops, we must be diligent and proactive in preventing this insect from establishing in the County. Some of the things you can do to help prevent establishment are to:

  • Monitor for possible migration northward by checking the provincial forecast maps
  • Control all cruciferous plants that may act as hosts to the weevil (i.e. volunteer canola, stinkweed, etc.)
  • Scout fields in the fall if there are any suspicions that this insect may be present
  • Apply registered insecticide at recommended timing and at label rates
  • Only use insecticides when target thresholds are reached to prevent unnecessary injury to beneficial insects

Related Links

Agri-Facts Cabbage Seedpod Weevil

Proper Sweepnet Technique for the Cabbage Seedpod Weevil