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The Story Behind a Sugar Maple Scar

November 17, 2014
Tree with sugar maple borer damage.

Some of the most diverse taxa on the planet are rarely seen yet play critical roles within our environment. The insects found in the Order Coleoptera (the beetles) are represented by over 500,000 species. Collectively, these insects provide a wide range of ecosystem services. They are important pollinators, predators on other insects, and play essential roles in nutrient cycling. While most species are beneficial or vital for ecosystems functions, there are a few species that are considered pests.

The Sugar Maple Borer is a native species found throughout the eastern United States. The larval stage of the beetle specializes on feeding on sugar maple trees, particularly stressed or injured trees. In this podcast our host, Rod Williams, will be interviewing Dr. Jeff Holland about the unique distribution of this wood boring beetle, how to survey for this species on your property, and impacts to sugar maple trees throughout the eastern deciduous forests.

To find out more information about sugar maple borers visit:
Holland Website
Bug Guide Identification

More Resources:
The Education Store, place in search field entomology or forest.
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Jeff Holland, Associate Professor of Spatial Ecology & Biodiversity
Department of Entomology, Purdue University

Rod Williams, Associate Professor of Wildlife Science
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University

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