Ambrosia Beetles Biological Control
Xyleborus spp. including (1) X. affinis (Eichhoff)
From: Frank, J. Howard and John L. Foltz, 1997, Classical Biological Control of Pest Insects of Trees in the Southern United States: A Review and Recommendations, USDA, FS, FHTET-96-20.
Native: (1) AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TX, VA, WV, PR;
Resident natural enemies: Apparently none reported.
Biological control attempts: None known. Individuals of Thanasimus formicarius (Cleridae) were exported from England to Sri Lanka (Ceylon) in 1908 for control of Xyleborus fornicatus Eichhoff, whose host plant (tea) and climate differ substantially, but did not become established (Clausen 1978).
Biological control possibilities: See comments under Dendroctonus frontalis and Ips calligraphus.
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