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sweetgum inscriber larvae

sweetgum inscriber larvae

A newly discovered species of wood-boring beetle in the genus Acanthotomicus—nicknamed “sweetgum inscriber,” for the damage its larvae cause to its host, the American sweetgum tree—could be costly to the U.S. forestry sector, if it were to arrive in the United States. Researchers estimate the pest could cost growers up to $4.6 million annually. (Photo originally published in “Acanthotomicus sp. (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae), a New Destructive Insect Pest of North American Sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua in China,” Journal of Economic Entomology, May 5, 2017)

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