October 18, 2019
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Officials want Mainers to be on the lookout for this invasive beetle

Courtesy of Maine Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry
Courtesy of Maine Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry
A female Asian longhorned beetle.

State and federal authorities are asking Mainers to keep an eye on trees this month for the Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive pest.

Courtesy of Maine Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry
Courtesy of Maine Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry
A female Asian longhorned beetle.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are both asking residents to be on the lookout for the beetle. The USDA has declared August “Tree Check Month” and is asking residents to take five minutes to report any signs they see of the beetle.

You can report possible infestations of the Asian longhorned beetle here.

The beetle feeds on hardwood trees such as maple, birch, elm and ash. The USDA said it has led to the loss of more than 180,000 trees and active infestations are going on in New York and Ohio.

The beetle is easy to recognize in part because it has antennae longer than its body.

 



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