Exotic Pest Reporting
Tom Coleman USDA
Goldspotted Oak Borer
Goldspotted Oak Borer (Agrilus auroguttatus ) is an insect pest of Oak trees. It is a native of Mexico and Guatemala and was first detected in Arizona in late 1800's.
Although previously observed in Arizona, this borer beetle was not seen as a destructive pest until 2008 when it was associated with the dieback affecting many oak trees in California. This is just one of many forest pests that are moved to un-infested forests by humans moving firewood. Help to protect our forests: don't move firewood!
This insect pest has been identified by USDA-APHIS as a serious threat to US Agriculture and Natural Resources, and surveys have been planned for multiple states.
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