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Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle (3/4" long)
Federal Status: Threatened
the left there are three different specimens of the Valley Elderberry Longhorn
Beetle. They were collected by Dennis Haines of the California Agricultural
Department, Tulare County. Dennis says the skinny one in the middle is
the one that was found in Three Rivers and is the one that is suspected
to be living at Kaweah Oaks Preserve.
Beginning in late October 2001, we will be diligently searching for
Valley Elderberry Longhorned Beetle (VELB) exit holes in the elderberries
on the northeast side of our preserve. If we can document the presence
of this threatened species on KOP, Cal Trans may find the funds to acquire
the old plum orchard for the sole purpose to restore habitat that will
encourage the reproduction of this species.
Oak Root Borer Beetle
According to Dennis Haines with the Ag Dept., our resident
expert on insects and plants in the Central Valley: As the name implies
they feed on the roots and root-crown areas of the tree. They can
cause significant damage in weak trees. The aboriginal peoples of
the area considered their larvae a great delicacy when roasted. (Let us
know if you agree!)
This is a very BIG "bug"
Images - I. Lindsey
Here's a few links to nice web sites about beetles for
you to explore:
We have a 'gazillion' different beetles at Kaweah Oaks Preserve.
No one has done a focused study on our beetles as on the plants,
spiders and birds. If you are so inclined... let us know and
we'll do all we can to accomodate you.
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