08 November 2016

Emerald Ash Borers found in Oklahoma

Emerald Ash Borer - NH Bugs
The Entomology and Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University, reported that the Emerald Ash Borers have been found here. 

Eric Rebek, Extension Entomologist, reports. "Emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, an invasive wood-boring beetle that has killed hundreds of millions of North American ash trees in the United States and Canada, has been recovered from a monitoring trap in Delaware County. This catch represents the first official record of this devastating insect in Oklahoma. 


Life Cycle
 The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) notified me of the find on October 13, and the identity of the specimen was subsequently verified as EAB. Information for sharing with the general public was made available by ODAFF and can be found at http://www.forestry.ok.gov/eab. Emerald ash borer belongs to a group of woodborers known as flatheaded borers. The adult beetles are often shiny and brilliantly colored, and thus are called metallic wood-boring beetles. 

Emerald ash borer was initially discovered infesting ash trees near Detroit, Michigan in 2002, but it was accidentally introduced from its native Asia in solid wood packing material sometime during the 1990’s. This exotic, invasive insect has been spreading throughout North America ever since and is now found in 29 states including Oklahoma and Ontario, Canada."

This link will take you to the entire entomology report.

Past issues of the Entomology Report can be found at this link.

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