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Shot-hole borer - Xyleborus similis Ferrari

- Faith Campbell -
- August 2004 -

Xyleborus similis
An exotic tree-feeding insect, Xyleborus similis, has been found in Memorial Park, Houston (T. Hofaker, pers. comm., 2002). Traps for this insect were placed as part of the joint APHIS-Forest Service Rapid Detection of Exotic Scolytidae project. This beetle is widely distributed in Africa, Asia, Australia, and several Pacific Islands (T. Hofaker, pers. comm., 2002). It has an exceptionally broad host range in these tropical countries.

Hofaker, Thomas. July 2002. USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, 1601 North Kent Street, Arlington, Virginia 22209, personal communication.

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