Invasive insect continues its spread across SoCal, killing more than 80,000 oak trees so far

By Rob McMillan | ABC 7 (KABC) |

ABC 7 - Who would think something so small could be so devastating?

Nevertheless, entomologists continue to sound the alarm about the goldspotted oak borer, an invasive insect that some experts believe has killed more than 80,000 oak trees across Southern California.

"It's just fascinating how this insect has been around for 50 million years, and it's just so adapted at surviving," said Joelene Tamm, a graduate student at UC Riverside whose specialty is the goldspotted oak borer.

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