Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis)

Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis)

Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis)

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive beetle that attacks and kills all species of ash trees, except mountain ash (which is not a true ash species).  EAB was brought to North America from Asia. It was first detected near Detroit, MI and in Windsor, ON in 2002. It likely arrived in wood packaging material in the early ’90’s. Since then it has spread to 15 U.S. states, across Southern Ontario and into Quebec. EAB has not yet been detected on PEI

IDENTIFICATION

  • Adult beetles are bright metallic green, with a coppery-red back (under wings)
  • Typically 8.5mm long and 1.6mm wide
  • Eggs are 0.6 – 1.0mm wide, and are initially white but later turn reddish-brown if fertile
  • Eggs are deposited between bark crevices, flakes or cracks, and hatch two weeks later
  • Adults create a D-shaped hole when exiting tree

PEIISC factsheet on Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer is considered a priority species for the PEI Invasive Species Spotters Network. If you see this insect, please report your sighting.