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Elm Beetle Damage?

Observed: 5th November 2009 By: lw3887

Beetle galleries found on dead Wych Elm in small wood.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Scolytus species

These can often be separated by size. If the central vertical egg gallery and radiating larval galleries are 2-6cm long, it's S. multistriatus, if larger (to 10 and 15cm respectively), it's S. scolytus.

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The two species of Scolytus using elm construct vertical, one-armed mother galleries. Normally S. scolytus attacks the tree trunk whereas S, multistriatus uses the small branches. The mother galleries on your photograph are two-armed and horizontal typical of the large ash bark beetle. Look at the bark on your second photograph and I am sure this is ash bark not elm bark.

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I agree this is Ash bark

I agree this is Ash bark beetle - I think the latest revisied name for this is Hylesinus varius (formly Leperisinus varius)

Rob Coleman