Trees and Shrubs forum: Palm Beetle : The death of a grand Bismarck Palm (Bismarckia nobilis)

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Name: Robert B
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Jun 11, 2012 7:08 PM CST
It happened rather quick in about 3-4 months...

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There were handfuls of the beetle and many of the large, nasty larve in the crown of the tree
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The first noticeable sign was this leakage where the beetle entered the tree. There was a pile of tree pulp down at the base of the tree.

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You can see how they chewed the crown up. It had an awful odor that filled the entire neighborhood when the tree fell.

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Sad day when the top fell over...

In an earlier time.... I never thought a little beetle could take it down.

We asked around what to do and were told.... nothing you can do......
I do think they entered where I had removed a frond and pulled it away from the tree and left an open area.. though minor... may have given them a chance to get a foot hold.

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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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Jun 11, 2012 7:27 PM CST sad!
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