Xyleborus glabratus is an invasive, small, ambrosia beetle that has been present in the United States since 2002. It is a known to live in Lauraceae plants and is a vector of the fungal plant disease, laurel wilt, Raffaelea lauricola. In 2015, the United States Forest Service discovered X. glabratus and laurel wilt in Texas; its presence in Texas made this species a priority target for our exotic woodboring beetle survey in 2016. This survey documents the spread of X. glabratus across southeast Texas and reports its presence in three new Texas counties (Anderson, Grimes, and Jefferson).
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