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2009-08-18 11:52:00

Asian Longhorned Beetle Now in Neighboring States; Could Threaten Hardwoods Industry ROCK SPRINGS, Pa., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff today asked the public to help keep the Asian Longhorned Beetle from entering the state, saying the non-native, invasive wood-boring pest could severely harm Pennsylvania's hardwoods industry. "The Asian Longhorned Beetle has not yet been found in Pennsylvania, but if allowed to enter it could pose a major threat to...

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2009-05-23 10:36:53

Forestry officials in the Northeast are scrambling to track thousands of residents of Massachusetts searching for tree-eating stowaway bugs they may have inadvertently carried to campgrounds or vacation homes. The insect is the Asian longhorned beetle, which has devastated trees in Worcester and surrounding communities.  Officials fear that some have hitched rides into other states in firewood transported by campers or seasonal homeowners. "As far as New England is concerned, you should...

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2008-08-19 10:20:00

A little known fungus tucked away in the gut of Asian longhorned beetles helps the insect munch through the hardest of woods according to a team of entomologists and biochemists. Researchers say the discovery could lead to innovative methods of controlling the invasive pest, and potentially offer more efficient ways of breaking down plant biomass for generating biofuels. Microbes in the gut of insects are known to break down cellulose, but little is known about how, or whether, insects...

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2006-06-14 17:40:19

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A pest blamed for killing millions of trees across the Midwest has reached Illinois, prompting state officials to prepare a detection and eradication plan they expect to begin within the next few weeks, the state agriculture department said Tuesday. The emerald ash borer, which feeds on the leaves and wood of ash trees, was found recently by a homeowner in a rural subdivision near Lily Lake, about 40 miles west of Chicago in central Kane County, said Warren Goetsch,...

2005-09-07 18:55:03

A new study shows that while we're winning isolated battles, we could well lose the war to prevent the devastating spread of the emerald ash borer in eastern Canada and the United States. It's a failure that would cost billions of dollars in lost timber and ornamental trees, and dramatically change the forest and neighbourhood landscape in eastern North America "“ with even more impact than Dutch elm disease. The soon-to-be published study is the first to document the invasive beetle's...

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2005-08-01 18:57:05

BOSTON -- A species of beetle never before seen in North America has been discovered in a Massachusetts forest, but the Asian insect does not appear to pose an ecological threat, experts said Monday. Twenty-two beetles belonging to the Xyleborus seriatus species of ambrosia beetle were found in April in traps set by state forestry workers in Southborough, about 25 miles west of Boston. Two or three more were trapped in nearby Stow. The insects were sent to Cornell University to be studied....

2005-07-14 07:16:48

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- State and federal agriculture officials on Wednesday warned that destructive Asian beetles have been found near a Sacramento warehouse and dispatched federal firefighters to climb nearby trees to search for traces of the insects. Officials believe at least three Asian longhorned beetles arrived last month as stowaways in wooden crates along with a shipment of tiles from China. Two of the beetles were found outside a privately operated warehouse at the former...

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2005-07-01 14:01:24

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) -- When your regular job involves parachuting into burning forests, climbing a 60-foot silver maple behind a lawyer's office in search of beetles is a nice change of pace. "It's definitely a good gig and needs to be done," said Sarah Altemus, one of 11 smokejumpers from several Western states who have been sent to New Jersey to help inspect for the Asian longhorned beetle, a pest destroying trees in three states. The firefighters' rope skills make them a valuable asset in...


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2005-09-12 09:52:32

The Asian long-horned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) is native to China and Korea where it causes widespread destruction of poplar, willow, elm, and maple throughout vast areas of eastern Asia. Asian longhorned beetles are big, showy insects: shiny and coal black with white spots. Adults are about 1 inch (2.5 cm) long. On their head is a pair of very long antennae that are alternately ringed in black and white. The antennae are longer than the insect's body. An invasive species in...

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