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EENY311: Black Twig Borer, Xylosandrus compactus (Eichhoff) (Insecta: Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae)

Figure 1. Adult female black twig borer, Xylosandrus compactus (Eichhoff), in southern magnolia twig. This side view shows the head concealed in the pronotum and the gently rounded declivity. Females are 1.4-1.9 mm in length and males (not shown) are 0.8-1.1 mm. Males do not fly and are rarely found outside the brood chamber.

Credit: Photograph by: Lyle J. Buss, University of Florida