2018-02-18 09:39:10

Species

Description

This summer has seen a massive cohort or two of Xanthogaleruca luteola, and most elms in the town have been seriously defoliated (except for some of the variegated cultivars). Some nights there are thousands of dead beetles piled up outside lit shop windows, and I've had a steady stream of them inside my house.

Tags

adult
beetle
leaf-damage

Location

Kyneton VIC 3444, Australia

Discussion

  • 2018-02-17

    David Francis

    "What a shame. I suppose nothing can be done about it."

  • 2018-02-19

    Lawrie Conole

    "Something could be done, but it would be eye-wateringly expensive! The real problem I suspect are the large groves of elm suckers and slash growing wild all over the place. They act as incubators for the beetle, which then to some extent move into the mature, managed trees around the place. Inoculating all the feral stuff would be phenomenally labour intensive."

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Observation2018-02-18 09:39:10
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Location-37.248941, 144.458304
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Created2018-02-17 by lconole
Updated2018-02-17 by lconole
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