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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.
found evidence of VELB at KOP!!
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In late October 2001 we began a search for the Valley
(VELB). Since we have documented the presence of this threatened species
on KOP, Caltrans has promised the funds to acquire the old plum orchard
for the sole purpose of mitigating elderberry habitat that will encourage
the reproduction of this species.
We have successfully documented VELB exit holes in three areas of the
Preserve. However, Dennis Haines, of the Tulare County Ag Commissioner's
Office, advises all but one exit hole found were in old wood and not acceptable.
One find is not substantial and he recommends we continue the search.
We still need to search the following
1. Grapevine Trail - April 6 - successful
2. Rose Trail - April 6 - successful
3. Island between Johnson's Slough and
Consolidated People's Ditch (south of picnic area)
4. Johnson's Slough - both sides, west of weir
5. Far west end of KOP, west of Deep Creek
6. Woodland east of the Swamp Trail
7. Woodland east of the Sycamore Trail
Saturday, April 6th 9:00AM
Meet in parking lot for instructions and supplies.
- P. Olson, Redwood High School AP Environmental
- B. Laursen, Tulare Western High School's Environmental Club
- L. Miller, Golden West High School AP Environmental
- Joann Hoyt, Woodlake Union High School AP Club
Saturday, October 27,
Paul Olson's Redwood HS Env Edu Class - successful
Only one exit hole was confirmed, others in old
Friday, October 26,
Martha Handley's Charter Oak School - Swamp Trail & west end -
Our expert advised the two exit holes were not from the VELB - too
Thursday, October 25,
Susan Silva-Treadwell, Tulare HS Env Edu class - Sycamore Trail -
Our expert confirmed exit holes were in very old wood and not acceptable
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