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Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis)

Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis)
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-06-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2016-06-06 19:45
Viewed: 1831
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This may be very pretty metallic green jewel beetle, but it is extremely destructive to Ash trees. An Asian species which has infected thousands of trees and has led to their destruction.

Killing trees in three to five years after infestation this insect has cost Ohio alone millions of dollars in damage control.

The larval live under the bark where they feed until the adult beetle eventually emerges. I had to cut down an ash tree that my son brought home from school when he was in the first grade. I noticed last year that it seemed to be dying off at the top and found it to be infested with the ash borer larva.

I will post other images in a WS

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Hello Ron ,
This little insect has indeed very nice colors but it is a pest very dangerous for trees....I read more about this insect and he is present also in the UK and Europe damaging the Ash trees.....

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-06-07 10:13]

Hi Ron,great work about this smal beetle! A beautiful macro with the very bright metallic colors and 2 useful WS with a different view and the larvae too,interesting post,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ron,
Dangerous species! They way they are destroying trees, is well visible in your 2nd WS photograph. Well captured this photograph with excellent BG. Beetle is well placed in the frame. Metallic color looks gorgeous. Perfect sharpness and exposure.
Thanks and best regards,

hallo Ron
very good sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

Brilliant macro of this tree killer, Ron.
Absolutely stunning sharpness and colors.
The diagonal composition is just perfect.
Thanks and regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-06-14 12:50]

Hello Ron,
Wonderful colors in this remarkable photo. The colors are all matching so beautiful. Superb sharpness, details and composition. Nice blurred background.

Hi Ron,
Thanks for posting this. We are losing a lot of trees in southern Ohio to this species, but this the first image I have seen of one. The workshops are excellent as well. Excellent sharpness and composition. Workshop image #2 shows us the scarlet abdomen of this beautiful but damaging insect. Regards, Greg.

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