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Hylastes ater was first recorded in New Zealand in 1929 and is now established in all exotic pine plantations. During maturation feeding adults damage and may kill young pine seedlings, which can significantly impact regenerative plantings. The insectpathogenic fungus Beauveria caledonica is frequently isolated from individual beetles and frass collected from breeding populations of H. ater in Pinus radiata stumps and is being evaluated as a biological control agent for this and other barkdoi:10.30843/nzpp.2006.59.4567 fatcat:i6p6ywf5vjealj25cujvgje4v4