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Species Dicerca pugionata - Witch-hazel Borer

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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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Buprestoidea (Metallic Wood Boring Beetles)
Family Buprestidae (Metallic Wood-boring Beetles)
Subfamily Chrysochroinae
Tribe Dicercini
Subtribe Dicercina
Genus Dicerca
Species pugionata (Witch-hazel Borer)
Explanation of Names
Dicerca pugionata (Germar 1824)
Size
11-15 mm(1)
Identification
pronotum widest posteriorly; elytra very dark or black with pale whitish spots arranged in several longitudinal rows; tip of elytra bidentate (i.e. with two teeth) - not rounded or truncate [a useful characteristic]
Range
ne. US (MA-MI to GA) + ON(1)
Food
hosts: witch-hazel (favored), ninebark(1)
Works Cited
1.Guide to insect borers in North American broadleaf trees and shrubs
Solomon, J.D. 1995. USDA Forest Service Agriculture Handbook. 735 pp.