One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small wood-boring beetle whose adults and larvae (called pinhole borers) feed on ambrosia produced by fungus in the wood.
Genus "Platypus" (family "Platypodidae"), and "Xyleborus" and other genera (family "Scolytidae")
- ‘In 2003, we started trapping ambrosia beetles and other wood boring beetles in ornamental nurseries.’
- ‘Then come ambrosia beetles and western oak bark beetles by the thousands, flocking to feed, tunnel out galleries, and lay their eggs.’
- ‘A non-native ambrosia beetle and its associated fungus are killing redbay trees in Florida and other southeastern states.’
- ‘The Asian ambrosia beetle is very small but infestations can be quite obvious.’
- ‘It turns out that besides humans, four kinds of animal are known to farm fungi - leaf cutter ants, termites, ambrosia beetles, and marsh snails.’
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