Goldspotted oak borer (GSOB) Agrilus auroguttatus is an invasive pest contributing to the on-going oak tree mortality occurring on federal, state, private, and local Native American lands in San Diego County. In Fall 2012, GSOB-infestated trees were identified in a mountain community in Riverside County. Widespread oak mortality can have severe implications to the environment and human safety. Due to the current and potential impacts to California oaks and communities, public and private organizations are working together in the research, education and outreach efforts related to GSOB pest management. For more GSOB information click here.
If you suspect goldspotted oak borer infestation in your area, report it here.
Goldspotted Oak Borer Curriculum, Grades 4 and 5
San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative, CAL FIRE Urban Forestry, San Diego State University and San Diego Audubon Society
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Photo Source: Tom Coleman, U.S. Forest Service Entomologist