ambrosia beetle


1895–1900; ambrosia in reference to the beetles' food, a coating formed by a fungus which they cultivate Unabridged
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ambrosia beetle
any of various small beetles of the genera Anisandrus, Xyleborus, etc, that bore tunnels into solid wood, feeding on fungi growing in the tunnels: family Scolytidae (bark beetles)

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Determining diel periodicity of the red bay ambrosia beetle would help with timing of control tactics.
Control tactics currently rely on repeated trunk applications of insecticides to prevent ambrosia beetle colonization.
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