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Redbanded ash borer
Size: 1/2 inch long
Where/When: Most commonly found indoors during winter although can be found at other times of the year.
Significance: Is associated with ash as well as oak, hickory, and hackberry wood. Can be brought indoors in firewood or lumber in construction projects. Is harmless to people. Can cause cosmetic damage to wood from which it emerges, but fortunately it does not re-infest wood.