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Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) (Coleoptera: Buprestidae)

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Bauer, Leah S.; Duan, Jian J.; Gould, Juli R.

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In: Van Driesche, R.; Reardon, R., eds. The use of classical biological control to preserve forests in North America. FHTET-2013-02. Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team: 189-209. Chapter XVII.


Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, 1888 (type locality: China) is considered the senior synonym to A. marcopoli Obenberger, 1930 (type locality: China), A. marcopoli ulmi Kurosawa, 1956 (type locality: Japan), and A. feretrius Obenberger, 1936 (type locality: Taiwan) by Jendek (1994) in a revision of Eastern Palearctic Agrilus species. Agrilus is the largest genus in the family Buprestidae with ~2,800 described species worldwide (Bellamy, 2008). Adults of this genus are flashy, metallic-colored beetles, frequently collected using nets or traps. However, there is little interest in their immature stages, which must be collected from inside tree trunks, branches, or woody stems. Consequently, critical information on the biology, population dynamics, and host ranges of most Agrilus species is lacking.


biological control; biocontrol


Liebhold, A.M.; Yamanaka, T.; Roques, A.; Augustin, S.; Chown, S.L.; Brockerhoff, E.G.; Pyšek, P. 2016. Global compositional variation among native and non-native regional insect assemblages emphasizes the importance of pathways. Biological Invasions 18: 893-905

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