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The use of Cerceris fumipennis (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae) for surveying and monitoring emerald ash borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) infestations in eastern North America

  • Philip Careless (a1), Stephen A. Marshall (a2) and Bruce D. Gill (a3)
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  • Published online: 25 October 2013

The beetle-hunting wasp, Cerceris fumipennis Say (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae), native to eastern North America, provisions its subterranean nest almost exclusively with adult metallic wood-boring beetles (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), including the destructive emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, EAB). This wasp provides a unique opportunity to survey indigenous and nonindigenous buprestid diversity. We discuss the accessibility, sustainability, and productivity of C. fumipennis with respect to its application as a buprestid surveying and monitoring tool.


La guêpe approvisionneuse Cerceris fumipennis Say (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae), indigène de l'est de l'Amérique du Nord, approvisionne son nid souterrain presque exclusivement avec des buprestes adultes (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), y compris ceux de l'Agrile du frêne (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire), une espèce invasive très nuisible. L’étude de cette guêpe fournit une occasion unique d'inventorier la diversité des buprestes, tant indigènes qu'introduits. Nous évaluons la disponibilité, la viabilité et l'efficacité de C. fumipennis en tant qu'agent pour évaluer les populations de buprestes.

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