These incredibly diverse insects come in all shapes and sizes!
Find out why and how you can be a hero
to protect ecosystems out of balance!
These beetles are causing problems
through no fault of their own.
Click a beetle below to learn about them!
Meet the "Starry Sky" Beetle
This beetle hitch-hiked from China in wood packing materials and is now eating hardwood trees without a natural predator to check its numbers!
Shot-hole borers: Polyphagous and Kuroshio
These beetles bore into trees, creating small galleries. Inside these galleries, they lay eggs and “farm” a fungus (Fusarium spp.), which is their main food source. The fungus colonizes the trees' vascular systems, blocking transport of water and nutrients.
Small Beetle, Big Impact
Ambrosia beetles are wood-degrading insects which live in nutritional symbiosis with ambrosia fungi. Typically, ambrosia beetles are considered beneficial because they accelerate the decay of dead trees, which is important for nutrient cycling in healthy forests. This particularly beetle comes from a different place in the world and native trees in North America do not have the defenses to keep it at bay.
This Beetle Loves Palm Trees!
This strong beetle got carried to Hawai'i and started chewing the tops of palm trees without a natural predator to check its numbers!