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Species Agrilus ruficollis - Red-necked Cane Borer

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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 and False Jewel Beetles)
Family Buprestidae (Metallic Wood-boring Beetles)
Subfamily Agrilinae
Tribe Agrilini
Genus Agrilus
Species ruficollis (Red-necked Cane Borer)
Explanation of Names
Agrilus ruficollis (Fabricius 1787)
ruficollis = 'red-necked'
6-8 mm(1)
Differentiated from similar-colored nearctic spp. by the following combination: Broad, deep concavity of the front of the head, distinctive projecting carina from the pygidium and nearly touching tarsal claws.
e. NA (QC-FL to MB-TX) & CA - Map (2)(1)(3)
May-Aug (BG data)
Life Cycle
Larvae produce galls on wild/domestic blackberry/raspberry (Rubus)(2) (damage); also on dewberry(1), boysenberry
See Also
A. cuprescens is never clearly bi-colored but may occur on the same plant
Internet References
Virginia Tech - D.G. Pfeffer
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.
2.A catalog and bibliography of the Buprestoidea of America north of Mexico.
Nelson et al. 2008. The Coleopterists Society, Special Publication No. 4. 274 pp.
3.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)