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Hemlock borer

Melanophila fulvoguttata

Hemlock borer (Melanophila fulvoguttata) is an insect pest. It was first detected in Vermont in 1987.

The hemlock borer, Melanophila fulvoguttata is a pest of eastern hemlock, Tsuga canadensis, throughout its natural range. Although normally considered a secondary pest and seldom abundant, the borer can develop to outbreak conditions following wind-throw, drought, excessive stand openings, or attacks by other primary pests such as the hemlock woolly adelgid or hemlock loopers.