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Ambrosia Beetle

They have a wide host range of trees and shrubs including styrax, ornamental cherry, pecan, peach, plum, cherry, persimmon, Japanese maple, holly, golden rain tree, dogwood, sweet gum, magnolia, ash, beech, birch, elm, linden, oak, planetree, tuliptree, willow, and azalea. Damage appears as wilting then terminal dieback. The beetles generally attack the tree within 3 feet of the ground. Strands of frass or boring dust, resembling fine pencil lead, protrude from tiny holes in the bark. There may also be sap oozing from the holes, which stains the bark. These beetles are attracted to stressed trees so, it is important to maintain good tree health. Provide adequate water during dry periods.