Tree Boring Insect

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    I have a golden raintree that is hosting a large number of small beetle looking bugs. The sap flows from the hole, covering the insect. What is it and how, or even should, I cure it? IMG_20190530_082858_compress1.jpg IMG_20190530_082830_compress49.jpg IMG_20190530_072746_resize_5.jpg IMG_20190530_072755_resize_31.jpg
     

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    I hope so. I had a suggestion it is a shot hole borer. The center of the bark pics has this same shape. And we have them here, an invasive species that carries and eats a fusarium fungus.
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    Its hard to see, but dead middle of the pics you see the 2 circles of its body shape.

    Because the insect can kill all the oaks around and over my house I called the county extension office and was referred to an arborist who will arrive Monday. It turns out the insect kills because..get this one...it both harbors and eats a form of fusarium fungus. Now that is straight up nasty. It uses the tree to feed its food source, as I understand it.
     
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