Asian Longhorned Beetle Identification
I was glancing through your website just curious and I noticed that the information on the Asian Longhorned Beetle was inaccurate. The photo was inaccurate also. So I thought I would just send the accurate info with a few photo's. You see I work on the Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program and the states that have current infestations are New Jersey, New York, with eradication already declared in Chicago, IL. This beetle has also been detected in Canada and Germany and they are following our lead in the eradication process. This beetle is very destructive and can change our land scapes and canapy's as we know them. They kill several species of hardwood trees. Elms, Willows, Maples, Chestnut etc... They just don't eat a little and then move on, they kill the entire tree by leaving sometimes 100 exit holes about the size of a dime throughout the tree killing it. Thousands of trees have already had to be treated and or destroyed with replacements done by the forestry dept. and the state. Central Park was saved by this program and is being monitored very closley. I will try to post some pictures so the incorrect information and photo's may be replaced. Remember if anyone identifies this beetle please notify the USDA, Plant Protection and Quarantine dept.
I will try to post some pictures in the photo section.
More info for everyone.
The Asian Longhorned Beetle in the United States
The Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) (ALB) is an invasive insect from Asia that traveled to the United States (U.S.) probably contained in solid wood packing material like the crates and pallets used to import goods. The ALB larvae bore deep into deciduous trees such as maple, birch, horsechestnut, poplar, willow, elm, and ash eventually killing the tree. If the ALB were to reach the urban and suburban forests of North America, approximately 1.2 billion susceptible host trees would be at risk. Potentially, this could add up to $669 billion in losses and impacts to such valued commodities such as timber, maple syrup, nurseries, and tourism.
The ALB was first discovered in 1996 in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York by an alert resident. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, ALB Cooperative Eradication Program (ALB Program) has been operating since then to protect the biological diversity of our hardwood forests, parklands, and the quality of the urban environment from ALB infestations in the United States by eradicating this destructive ALB pest from the U.S. As of September 2006, more than 32,000 trees susceptible to ALB infestation have been removed from the U.S. to halt the spread of this invasive species.
ALB infestations have lead to Federal quarantines in sectors of New York, New Jersey, and Illinois. These states are where the ALB Eradication program’s safeguarding efforts have been concentrated. Through survey, control, and regulatory compliance measures, coupled with increased public awareness, the ALB Program protects trees. Over the years the program has made steady progress in its eradication efforts.
In 2006 the Federal and State quarantines in Chicago was recently lifted through a deregulated action. Quarantine zones in Hoboken and Jersey City, New Jersey were deregulated in 2005. In New Jersey, new pockets of infestation were uncovered through ALB Program efforts in the Middlesex/Union County area. The new discovery of infested trees prompted an expansion of the New Jersey quarantine from 16 to 25 square miles in summer 2006. The ALB program’s efforts have also led to the discovery of infested trees in sections of New York including Queens, Brooklyn and parts of Long Island in recent months.
One of the ways this wood-boring insect travels is by human transport as people move firewood from place to place while camping and vacationing. The ALB program urges people to refrain from moving firewood out of ALB quarantine areas. Travelers should buy firewood where they camp, hunt or vacation so they do not inadvertently move this pest to new regions and put more trees in danger. For more information on ALB and quarantine areas, log onto http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/hot_issues/alb/alb.shtml.