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Just In Time For Christmas

Tim Gibb, Department of Entomology, Purdue University

A new pest may be making its way into the United States disguised in Christmas decorations. The pest is a long-horned beetle (Cerambycidae) Chlorophorus strobolicola. It has been found in several packages from India containing pine cones or pine cone products. Some are Christmas decorations such as scented candles with pine cones around the outside. Others are potpourri or other materials. The two commonalities are that they are products containing pine cones and they originate in India. The pest has not as yet been found in Indiana, however, the suspected products are extremely widespread in the retail market place.

Be on the look out for any product that has larvae or frass in it that may resemble the photographs below. If materials are suspected, seal them up immediately and contact the State Regulatory Entomologist at 765: 232- 4120 for further directions.

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Pine cone containing
Chlorophorus strobolicola
Picture of larvae
Picture of larvae

 


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