Saturday, April 24, 2004

Invasion of Indiana

The emerald ash borer beetle (Agrilus planipennis) has been spotted for the first time in Indiana. According to this article from the Indianapolis Star, the beetle was found at a campground in Steuben County, and was first misidentified as another wood-boring beetle. Jamestown Township is now under quarantine (.pdf), meaning that no ash trees or lumber (or firewood of any tree species) can be taken from the town. On a potential positive note, Indiana's birds are probably psyched. If you live in Indiana and you think you've spotted an emerald ash borer, contact your Department of Natural Resources.

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