The most severe damage inflicted by the elm leaf beetle occurs mainly during the larval stages of the insect’s life cycle. The larvae skeletonise the leaves (eat the soft area in between the leaf veins) thereby destroying the tree’s ability to archive photosynthesis and produce reserves of energy necessary for growth, vigor and disease resistance.
In Melbourne’s eastern suburbs there are hundreds of Elm trees scattered around each suburb. They can be easily identified from their classic ‘tree shape’ similar to our logo.
How to identify an elm leaf beatle?
Elm beatles are actually quite small. In the picture below you can clearly see the beatle and the damage it inflicts on the elm tree.
How to protect your elm tree from beatles
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