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Barringer LE. 2022. First record of Agrilus cliftoni Knull and Anthaxia viridifrons Gory (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in Wisconsin. Insecta Mundi 0924: 1–3.
Two species of Coleoptera: Buprestidae are reported from Wisconsin for the first time: Agrilus cliftoni Knull and Anthaxia viridifrons Gory. Trapping, distribution information, and additional records are also discussed.
Jewel beetles such as emerald ash borer (EAB) (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire), continue to be of interest as established pests (USDA APHIS 2021). Survey programs allow for the detection of EAB as it continues to spread across North America while monitoring for other taxa not yet present in the eastern United States such as the goldspotted oak borer (Agrilus. auroguttatus Schaeffer) and oak splendor beetle Agrilus biguttatus Fabricius (CERIS 2021). Trapping programs such as these are valuable since they contribute information about non-target taxa. For example, collections made from emerald ash borer traps in Michigan led to the first discovery of the European oak borer (Agrilus sulcicollis Lacordaire) in the United States (Haack et al. 2009). Interest and bycatch resulting from woodboring pest surveys has also led to the publication of at least two substantial buprestid checklists in the past two years (Barringer 2020; Hallinen et al. 2021).
Emerald ash borer is present, at least partially, in most Wisconsin counties. Ongoing trapping continues to monitor and manage the state’s quarantine and regulated material movement (Wisconsin DNR 2021). No new buprestid records have been reported from Wisconsin since the publishing of a field guide to the jewel beetles of northeastern North America in 2012 (Paiero et al. 2012) which reported 26 species of Agrilus Curtis and three species of Anthaxia Eschscholtz from the state. In the meantime, 41 species of Agrilus and six species of Anthaxia have been reported from neighboring Minnesota (Hallinen et al. 2021). Presented here are the first published records of Agrilus cliftoni Knull (Fig. 1) and Anthaxia viridifrons Gory (Fig. 2) from Wisconsin, adding to their range in the Midwest.