Asian longhorned beetle
Alright, first it was the Mexican beetle, now it's one from China. Will everyone just keep their beetles to themselves? Maybe we have one that we can send abroad to visit. Here's an article about this relatively new invader from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette:
A tree-destroying beetle that was discovered in Worcester early this month may have been in the city at least five years earlier than federal officials estimated.
A local pest control owner, Geoff Ford, says a sample of the Asian longhorned beetle has been in his insect collection since 1997, when someone brought it to him to identify.
Federal officials estimated the beetle was in Worcester since 2002 after a scientist examined what appeared to be the most infested tree.
For more information and more pictures of the life cycle of this pest, visit the website of UVM's entomology research laboratory.
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Posted by Mary Ellen at August 31, 2008 6:00 AM