The royal palm bug feeds only on Royal Palms (Roystonea regia). Females deposit their eggs in the spring along the ribs of emerging leaflets (fronds). The eggs hatch and reach adulthood in about one month’s time.
Royal Palm Bug
As the royal palm bugs feed on freshly opened leaves, yellow streaks appear. The leaves turn brown and wilt as the bugs multiply. The leaves will eventually become tattered, gray and dead. The damage caused by these bugs is unattractive and detrimental to the palm’s grown and health. Royal palm bugs will rarely, if ever, kill a palm.
Have you noticed your new palm fronds deteriorating right before your eyes? We recommend one palm drench each year to prevent this from happening to your beautiful royal palms! We recommend this application in December to disrupt the life cycle of the royal palm bug. If you think you may need this treatment, click here or just give us a call at (941) 426-8631!