Asian longhorned beetle – Beetle Beware!

  Beetle Beware! In August 2008 a Worcester, MA resident discovered the exotic, invasive insect Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) in her neighborhood. Since the discovery, the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Massachusetts state agencies, and the City of Worcester have embarked on an effort to eradicate the beetle from the city of Worcester and four surrounding communities. The Asian longhorned beetle is a wood-boring Cerambycid with a wide-ranging appetite. It is a serious pest and many of its preferred host trees include common trees of northeastern forests and urban and suburban landscapes: maples, birches, elms, willows, and horsechestnuts. The Asian longhorned beetle is a large, distinctive shiny black insect with irregular white spots, white and black banded antennae that are at least as long as the body, and blue and black leg segments. In summer, the beetles emerge from trees through round exit holes 3/8-inch to 1/2-inch diameter. These exit holes...
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Urban Forestry seniors Dan Cohen and Chris Pineau placed first in national tree climbing competition

Urban Forestry seniors Dan Cohen and Chris Pineau (both STK '07) placed first among 37 teams at the national Student Career Days Tree Climbing Competition hosted by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), surpassing the second place team by 14 points. Chris and Dan finished in second place last year, so their victory in 2009 was especially sweet. Brian Kane, Massachusetts Arborists Association Asst. Prof. of Commercial Arboriculture, commented, "Chris and Dan have repeatedly demonstrated their climbing skills, and I'm really glad their hard work and perseverance paid off."...
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