Soapberry Borer

Soapberry Borer (Agrilus prionurus) - A native to Mexico, the soapberry borer has moved north from its native ranges into south and central Texas. This borer primarily affects soapberry trees and has caused widespread death to western soapberry (Sapindus Saponaria) in the regions aforementioned. Signs of infection include bark chips at the base of the tree, and exposed sapwood where birds and mammals have torn away the bark to feed on larvae. A completely infested tree will be girdled and produce a multitude of sprouts along the trunk. The borer’s white larvae can oftentimes be found feeding beneath the bark.

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