Although the pales weevil was first described by J. F.
W. Herbst in 1797, it was not considered an important forest pest until
1915, when it was responsible for a 70 percent loss in a white pine plantation
on the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Mass. The first reported pales weevil
damage in the South was in 1943. The weevils seriously damaged loblolly
and shortleaf pine reproduction in recently cutover areas in the North
Carolina piedmont. The pitch-eating weevil was not reported as an important
pest of pine seedlings until the mid-1950's.