Latest Woodboring beetles Stories

2009-05-15 11:21:14

The tree-killing emerald ash borer has been found in Minnesota, which has the nation's second-highest number of ash trees after Maine, scientists said. The long-expected pest was found this week in a tree in St. Paul's Hampden Park community, The Star Tribune of Minnesota reported Friday. It's obviously bad news, said Mike Schommer, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Minnesota has 900 million ash trees. Many of the ash trees were planted to replace trees killed by Dutch...

2009-05-08 13:31:32

Florida's thriving avocado industry could be in danger due to the arrival of the redbay ambrosia beetle. Scientists say the little beetle (Xyleborus glabratus) spreads a fungus called laurel wilt disease that kills off avocado trees. The implications of the beetles' arrival into Florida could spell out danger for the state as it is the second-largest source of avocados in the US. The adult female redbay ambrosia beetle carries in a special pouch in its mouth -- called a mycangia -- the...

2009-05-05 15:51:27

U.S. Forest Service scientists say they've completed a study of a beetle that has attacked 67 percent of the oak trees in an area 30 miles east of San Diego. The study focused on Agrilus coxalis, a wood-boring beetle that the scientists said is so rare it hasn't even been given an accepted common name. Scientists have proposed the insect be named the goldspotted oak borer. Land managers and scientists are concerned about the spread of the infestation because oaks are the dominant tree species...

2009-05-03 12:24:15

U.S. Forest Service scientists have completed a study on a beetle that was first detected in California in 2004, but has now attacked 67 percent of the oak trees in an area 30 miles east of San Diego. Their report appears in the current issue of The Pan-Pacific Entomologist and focuses on Agrilus coxalis, a wood-boring beetle so rare it does not even have an accepted common name. Scientists have proposed the Entomological Society of America common names committee call it the goldspotted oak...

2009-02-25 13:35:00

Quarantine Imposed; Campers Urged to Stop Transporting Firewood HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Emerald Ash Borer beetles, an invasive species that destroy ash trees, were identified in Granville, Mifflin County, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff announced today. The beetle was first detected in Pennsylvania in the summer of 2007 in Butler County and was found again the following summer in Mercer County. To help slow the spread of the beetle, a state-imposed quarantine...

2009-02-04 16:18:58

A researcher at North Carolina State University is tracking the movement of the Redbay Ambrosia beetle, an invasive insect that, if it spreads to southeast Florida, may severely affect the production of avocados, a $15 million to $30 million industry in the state. First detected in the United States near Savannah, Ga., in 2002, the beetle had spread to Hilton Head Island, S.C., by 2004, causing widespread mortality in Redbay trees. Dr. Frank Koch, a research assistant professor at NC State...

2009-02-02 14:31:41

Mountain pine beetles devastating lodgepole pine stands across the West might best be kept in check with aerial application of flakes containing a natural substance used in herbal teas that the insects release to avoid overcrowding host trees, according to a team of scientists.Findings from the U.S. Forest Service-funded study appear in the February issue of Forest Ecology and Management. The study was conducted in California and Idaho, and showed how applications of laminated flakes...

2008-10-06 09:50:00

Cooperation between insects and bacteria suggests inter-species collaboration may be common in many ecosystems Humans living in communities often rely on friends to help get what they need and, according to researchers in the lab of Cameron Currie at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, many microbes, plants and animals benefit from 'friendly' associations too. The Currie team's study, which was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and published in the Oct. 3, 2008, issue of the...

2008-10-02 15:10:00

U.S. scientists say they've discovered pine beetles carry an antibiotic molecule that can destroy pathogenic fungi -- something no drugs can yet achieve. A team led by Harvard Medical School Professor John Clardy and University of Wisconsin Professor Cameron Curie say the findings suggest a potential new source of pharmaceuticals and also demonstrate how symbiotic relationships are essential for the diversification of life and evolution of organisms. The scientists say a pine beetle about...

2008-09-30 12:00:26

U.S scientists say pine bark beetles killing large areas of forests in the Rocky Mountains might be altering local weather patterns and air quality. The international research project is being led by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. "Forests help control the atmosphere and there's a big difference between the impacts of a living forest and a dead forest," said NCAR scientist Alex Guenther. "With a dead forest, we may get different rainfall...

Latest Woodboring beetles Reference Libraries

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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