Hylastes (genus)

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Author(s): David T. Almquist, University of Florida
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Hylastes Erichson, 1836

The genus is widely distributed in temperate regions and contains around 30 species. Several are damaging to conifers, especially pines. The adults are elongated, about 2½ to 3 times longer than wide, dark reddish brown to black and about 2-6 mm long.

The species are somewhat similar to those of the genus Hylurgops, but can be distinguished by the punctures on the pronotum having a similar size and by the shorter hairs on the end of the elytra. The anterior part of the pronotum is evenly shaped without narrowing like in Hylurgops.

Type species: Hylastes ater.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: