Shothole borer

Shothole borer

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Credit: JACK K. CLARK/AGSTOCKUSA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Shothole borer. Macrophotograph of a shothole borer (Scolytus rugulosus) damaging an almond tree (Prunus sp.). This beetle attacks a variety of deciduous trees. The adult drills holes in the bark and wood of infested hosts (as seen here). It feeds and reproduces beneath the bark, creating tunnels and branching galleries to house its offspring. The shothole borer infests trees already weakened by another condition and is only rarely the main cause of its host's death. Magnification: x4 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: adult, almond tree, animal, bark, beetle, boring, botany, coleopteran, damage, disease, diseases, hole, insect, invertebrate, nature, pathogens, pathology, pest, pest pests, plant, plant pathology, prunus sp., scolytus rugulosus, shothole borer, surface, trunk, wildlife, wood, zoology

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