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Species Agrilus planipennis - Emerald Ash Borer

Pinned Specimen - Agrilus planipennis - female and it was a six-buprestid day - Agrilus planipennis Emerald Ash Borer - Agrilus planipennis unidentified Buprestidae - Agrilus planipennis Emerald ash borer - Agrilus planipennis Emerald ash borer meets its maker! - Agrilus planipennis Buprestidae - Agrilus planipennis Emerald Ash Borer - Agrilus planipennis
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 Agrilinae
Tribe Agrilini
Genus Agrilus
Species planipennis (Emerald Ash Borer)
Explanation of Names
Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire 1888
adult 7.5-14 mm (males smaller than females); larva up to 32 mm
Adult: elytra bright metallic green; pronotum golden-green; ventral surface lighter yellowish-green (with fine hairs in males, lacking in females); body narrow and elongate; head flat; eyes kidney-shaped, black; dorsal surface of abdomen metallic purplish-red, visible when wings are spread
generally larger and brighter green than native NA spp.
Larva: body white to cream-colored, dorso-ventrally flattened; head brown, mostly retracted into prothorax; abdomen 10-segmented with pair of brown pincer-like appendages on last segment; segments 5-8 widen posteriorly, giving the abdomen a serrated appearance when viewed from above
native to E. Asia, accidentally introduced to N. Amer., established around the Great Lakes (see distribution map) and has spread as far as CO, LA, and GA.
state by state data here
adults in spring and summer; larvae in summer and fall
hosts: Fraxinus spp.; larvae feed on inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the flow of water and nutrients, and killing infested trees within 1-4 years; adults feed on ash leaves
Life Cycle
one generation per year; overwinters as larva in outer sapwood/bark; pupate in April-May; adults emerge in late spring through D-shaped exit holes and lay eggs on host tree; larvae chew through outer bark and bore S-shaped tunnels in inner bark until late fall, then stop feeding
Accidentally introduced with imported packaging/crating wood, probably in the late 1990s; first reported in se. MI and sw. ON in 2002.
A highly destructive pest and a major economic & environmental threat to urban and forested areas of eastern NA
Wasp (Cerceris fumipennis) preys on this species and is used to detect the presence of EAB (more here)