Thursday, February 18, 2010

Meet the Beetles

The Asian Longhorned Beetle, an insect first found in New England in 2008, has caused the destruction of more than 30,000 trees in nearby Worcester, Mass. The State of Connecticut has crafted a response to the invasion and is pairing with the Middletown Garden Club to educate professional, municipal and home gardeners about the beetles.
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A free educational session is scheduled for Thursday, March 4th, from 3 to 5 pm in the Hubbard Room of Russell Library. The presentation will be by Rose Hiskes, entomologist at the CT Agricultural Experiment Station CAES. The lecture is jointly sponsored by the Middletown Garden Club Conservation Committee and the CAES. All are invited and town public works staff and tree wardens are strongly urged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.  


Because of the unusual life cycle of this beetle, it is very difficult to identify until enormous damage has been done. Targeted trees include many of the hardwood trees native to Connecticut. The only cure when the beetle infests an area is to clear-cut the targeted trees, which is what happened in Worcester, MA. 
A web site that describes reporting procedures for the beetle when it is  identified is: http://www.massnrc.org/PESTS/alb/  

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

you need to brush up on your facts

Jane said...

I would be grateful if you would help us all to brush up. I wouldn't knowingly send in out-of-date information

Rose said...

Please notify Dr. Victoria Smith at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station if you suspect you have this beetle in Connecticut. 203-974-8474. You can also email good quality digital images to: CAES.StateEntomologist@ct.gov