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Species Xylosandrus compactus - Black Twig Borer

Xylosandrus compactus, lateral view - Xylosandrus compactus - female Xylosandrus compactus, posterior view - Xylosandrus compactus - female Xylosandrus compactus, ventral view - Xylosandrus compactus - female X. compactus, mites - Xylosandrus compactus - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Curculionoidea
Family Curculionidae (Snout and Bark Beetles)
Subfamily Scolytinae (Bark and Ambrosia Beetles)
Tribe Xyleborini
Genus Xylosandrus
Species compactus (Black Twig Borer)
Explanation of Names
Xylosandrus compactus (Eichhoff 1875)
native to e. Asia, now pantropical; adventive in our area, established in se. US (PA-FL to AR-TX)(1)
small twigs on healthy, cut and stressed plants
highly polyphagous: hosts include members of 62 plant families
earliest record in our area: FL 1941(2)
Internet References
Fact sheet (Nixon et al. 2005)(3)
Works Cited
1.Atkinson T.H. (200_‒2023) Bark and ambrosia beetles of the Americas
2.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.
3.University of Florida: Featured Creatures