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Insects that benefit ecology

The smaller insect inhabitants of the reserve are no less important to the biosphere ecosystem, provinding an endless array of fascinating services to the rich flora. Honeybee farming and products derived from honey has also become very important in the area over the last five years.

Insects harmful to the environment

The female PSHB beetles carry a fungus (Fusarium euwallaceae) from tree to tree

Shot Hole Borer

The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) is a tiny invasive black beetle from Asia that is smaller than a sesame seed (2mm). The PSHB beetle (Euwallacea fornicatus) creates tunnels, or galleries, in the trunks and branches of host trees and lays their eggs inside.

Click here to report sightings of PSHB or Fusarium Dieback.

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