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Poplar > Trunk/Branches > Holes in trunk

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  • Image: Bronze poplar borer 1
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Bronze poplar borer
Agrilus granulatus

  • "D" shaped exit holes present in affected branches
  • Branch die back and death caused by larvae feeding under bark
  • Creates serpentine S-shaped galleries underneath bark
  • Adults have black bodies with a tinge of metallic green; approximately 3/8th inch long
  • Larvae are whitish, slender, 1- 1 ½ inch long with 2 dark brown tail-like structures at the end of the body
  • More information on Bronze poplar borer
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  • Image: Poplar borer 1
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Poplar borer
Saperda calcarata

  • Holes in bark filled with stringy sawdust or at base of tree
    below holes
  • Brown stain streak below holes formed by longhorned beetle under bark
  • Fully-grown larvae up to 1 1/2 inch long; creamy-white and legless
  • More information on Poplar borer

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