This species of beetle is partial to white oak trees, sometimes becoming serious pests. The adult female will lay her eggs on a tree; this species prefers the White Oak tree. Once the larvae hatch, they begin digging tunnels into the sapwood of the giant tree, robbing it of nutrients and debilitating the tree's ability to move water and food up and down the trunk. This potentially starves the tree over time. The burrowing beetle larvae destroy the vascular tissue of the tree.
Fortunately, this species of beetle is slow to develop into adulthood. It may be three to four years before larvae emerge from an infected tree to lay new eggs for another generation. This gives predators, tree specialists and other population control measures time to reduce their numbers and slow the spread of the beetle.
The White Oak Borer Beetle is a member of the Long-Horned Beetle family. All of them have extraordinarily long antennae; even twice the length of the beetle's own body. Most members are good fliers and are attracted to lights at night. Adults drink flower nectar.
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