Sunday, April 14, 2002

Attack of the Longhorned Beetles

The Environmental News Network (ENN) has this article from the USDA about the status quo of Longhorned Beetle invasions in the U.S. and Europe. While most people studying invasive species are probably familiar with the Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis), this is the first I've heard of the Citrus Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora chinensis), which is also native to Asia. Both species are known for the ability of their larvae to destroy trees by burrowing through the wood. And both species continue to be accidentally introduced to the U.S. via wooden packing material and shipments of live trees, including bonsai.

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