Canadian Forest Service Publications

Review of the emerald ash borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), life history, mating behaviours, host plant selection, and host resistance. 2015. Poland, T.M.; Chen, Y.; Koch, J.; Pureswaran, D. Can. Entomol. 147:252-262.

Year: 2015

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 36072

Language: English

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DOI: 10.4039/tce.2015.4

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As of summer 2014, the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), has become established in 24 states in the United States of America and has killed tens of millions of ash trees since its introduction into Michigan in the 1990s. Considerable research has been conducted on many aspects of EAB life history, natural history, ecology, and management strategies in an attempt to contain this devastating pest. In this article, we review the life history, mating behaviours, and host plant selection by EAB in North America as well as host resistance to EAB attack.

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This article summarizes the state of current knowledge on the life cycle of the emerald ash borer, its method of reproduction, how it locates its hosts in North America, and tree resistance to its attacks.

The emerald ash borer is a pest native to Asia that is found in Canada (Ontario and Quebec) and in 24 American states. This insect has destroyed millions of trees, causing considerable ecological and economic damage.