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Pest Alert: Asian Long-Horned Beetle

This nasty little insect has devastated more than 30,000 trees in Worcester, MA and has been detected very close to the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, MA.  It is thought to have arrived in the country in pallets carrying supplies that entered the country on the east coast. Among their favorite hosts are trees from the maple and prunus (ie flowering cherry) families.  Trees with infestation need to be destroyed as the insects themselves are very difficult to eradicate.  There have not been any beetles found on Nantucket, but it is worth knowing what they look like and what to do if you find one. In addition, many of us travel to the North Country for vacations, and imagine the devastation if maple trees in Vermont,  New Hampshire and Maine were to be infected.  Be aware of this insect and report it (using this form) if you see one anywhere.
If you are interested in learning more about the morphology of this beetle, here’s plenty of information.


What a crazy beetle. I hope it stays away from Nantucket.

Luckily it hasn't made it out here yet. Surveys were conducted on island last summer in cooperation with the USDA and these insects were not detected!!