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Mark Schwarzlander, University of Idaho, Bugwood.org
St. johnswort borer
Agrilus hyperici

St. johnswort borer (Agrilus hyperici) is a beneficial insect. It is a native of Europe and was first detected in California in 1950.

This is an important biocontrol for St. John'swort. When the larvae is feeding within a root of a plant, it can entirely consume the tissues, severely damaging the plant. Flower production is reduced because stems produced from an infested root crown are stunted. Most infested plants are killed.
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