Conserving our planet's botanical resources and ecosystems

Pine View Weevil Watchers

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Pine View Third Grade Class
Osprey, Florida

Instructor: Denise Fugere


THE MISSION

map-weevil-2An evil weevil (Metamasius callizona) has spread across south Florida, and along the way, has been eating up Florida’s native bromeliads! The weevil must be brought under control; and to do that, we need to know what the weevil and the bromeliads are doing, out in the real world.

So your mission is to go to Myakka River State Park and locate a tree with bromeliads. You are to observe these bromeliads throughout your third grade school year. Watch for the weevil! Look for signs of weevil attack on your bromeliad; look on the ground around your tree for fallen bromeliads, and search them for weevils! Maintain a sharp eye, and take good notes on all of your observations.

THE DATA