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emerald ash borers at wasp nest

Overhead view of a small dirt mound with a hole in the center, in a dirt field. Next to the hole lays an emerald ash borer beetle, and another lays in the dirt nearby to the right.

The predatory wasp Cerceris fumipennis, which some call the smoky-winged beetle bandit, collects adults in the Buprestidae family (metallic wood-boring or jewel beetles) to feed to its young. Among such beetles is the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), two of which are shown here abandoned near a wasp’s nest entrance. (Photo by Claire Rutledge, Ph.D.)

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