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Southern Sculpted Pine Borer Beetle (Chalcophora georgiana)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Southern Sculpted Pine Borer Beetle

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The bronzed Southern Sculpted Pine Borer is a pest of pine trees' interiors despite its own glamorous exterior.

Updated: 07/13/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Part of the Metallic Wood Borer family, the Southern Sculpted Pine Borer is a beetle that fits its name in every way. It is commonly seen in the southeastern states affecting the various pine species that grown there. The adults are shiny and golden, sometimes bronzed, with ridges sculpted into the elytra. Lines of ivory run along the back, helping highlight the texture. While the adult does not seem to harm the tree, its larvae are quite a nuisance. They bore tiny tunnels through the wood, eating wood tissue as they travel. Once they mature, they leave the tree, but the damage left in their wake cannot be repaired by the tree. This makes the timber less valuable because the tunneling leaves unsightly holes, rendering the lumber unusable for high-value applications like flooring, cabinetry, and furniture.

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Coleoptera
        Family: Buprestidae
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          Genus: Chalcophora
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            Species: georgiana
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Chalcophora georgiana
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 20mm to 29mm (0.78" to 1.14")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: gold, ivory, bronze
Descriptors: metallic, shiny, golden, bevel, streaks, marks, flying, wood

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 20mm (0.8in) and 29mm (1.1in)
Lo: 20mm
Md: 24.5mm
Hi: 29mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Southern Sculpted Pine Borer Beetle may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Southern Sculpted Pine Borer Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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