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    Default Insects that bore into maple

    Today I went out to wash my lines. I found a hole that was pretty small and had sap running down form it. I could see a insect was in it but I destroyed it trying to dig it out to identify what insect it could be. It wasn't a woodpecker because it was a clean bored hole. It wasn't a D shaped hole. It was way to small for the drill bit. And I kept a eye on all the others and haven't found anymore of this insect. I haven't heard anyone with this problem in my area.
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    sounds like a bird (sapsucker), and the insect was availing itself of a meal.

    sugar maple borer is one insect that bores into maple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calvertbrothers View Post
    Today I went out to wash my lines. I found a hole that was pretty small and had sap running down form it. I could see a insect was in it but I destroyed it trying to dig it out to identify what insect it could be. It wasn't a woodpecker because it was a clean bored hole. It wasn't a D shaped hole. It was way to small for the drill bit. And I kept a eye on all the others and haven't found anymore of this insect. I haven't heard anyone with this problem in my area.
    Take a close look at this: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/res...beetle/Find-It If that's what it could possibly be, I would report it to the USDA immediately to check it out. They will help squelch it if it is an infestation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wally View Post
    ...sugar maple borer is one insect that bores into maple.
    Technically I think sugar maple borer bores OUT of maple
    Dr. Tim Perkins
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrTimPerkins View Post
    Technically I think sugar maple borer bores OUT of maple
    yes, indeed.
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    The hole was a lot smaller than 1/4 inch. I have a picture of it but it's hard to see and i don't know how to download in on here
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    Quote Originally Posted by calvertbrothers View Post
    The hole was a lot smaller than 1/4 inch. I have a picture of it but it's hard to see and i don't know how to download in on here
    that would be the right size.
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    I found this thing and a few of his friends in a downed Red Maple that I cut up for fire wood recently:

    bug 2-25-17.jpg

    I'm afraid to ask what it is....

    Mark
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    2016 - 10 taps, new 8x12 sap house, barrel stove, and custom flat pan - 2 gallons of syrup
    2017 - Mason 2x4 w/raised flue pan, 240 gal. sap tank, 80 Reds on 5/16 tubing and Lunchbox releaser/pump, 20 sugars on buckets

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    It is a darkling beetle. Harmless to people and maples.
    Ian
    New sugarhouse fall '06. 3x8 drop flue by Phaneuf. Kubota L2800. 260 buckets for 2012. 504 taps for 2013. 320 buckets, 207 on 5/16" and 200 on 3/16" gravity tubing for 2014. 2017: 280 buckets, 920 on 3/16" tubing, selling sap from 560 of that. Son Gavin is in 3rd successful year of selling maple equipment as MacK Maple Supply.

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