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Species Xyleborus glabratus - Redbay Ambrosia Beetle

Xyleborus glabratus Xyleborus glabratus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Curculionoidea (Snout and Bark Beetles)
Family Curculionidae (Snout and Bark Beetles)
Subfamily Scolytinae (Bark and Ambrosia Beetles)
Tribe Scolytini (Typical Bark Beetles)
Subtribe Xyleborina
Genus Xyleborus
Species glabratus (Redbay Ambrosia Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Xyleborus glabratus Eichhoff 1877
Size
Females 2 mm. Males smaller
Identification
Males are flightless
Range
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina as of 2017.
Food
Unlike other ambrosia beetles it feeds on live, healthy trees.
Dipterocarpaceae, Fagaceae, Fabaceae and Lauraceae families in Southeast Asia.
Remarks
earliest record in our area: GA 2002(1)
It causes laurel wilt.
Works Cited
1.Exotic bark and ambrosia beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) in the United States: potential and current invaders
Haack R.A., Rabaglia R.J. 2013. In: Potential invasive pests of agricultural crops. Peña J.E., ed. CABI International, Wallingford, UK, pp. 48-74.
2.Atkinson T.H. (200_-2014) Bark and ambrosia beetles