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Longhorned beetle biology, rearing and management comprehensively reviewed

Photo of Asian longhorned beetle male on a poplar leaf.Asian longhorned beetle male on a poplar leaf.Snapshot : Forest Service scientists contributed to a new book that represents the first comprehensive treatment of all aspects of cerambycid beetle biology and control and will serve as a vital resource for researchers and managers. There are more than 36,000 species of longhorned beetles (family Cerambycidae) worldwide and many are pests of agricultural crops and trees. The book “Cerambycidae of the World: Biology and Pest Management” was published in 2017, with five of the 13 chapters written by USDA Forest Service scientists.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Haack, Robert A.Keena, Melody
Research Location : Forest Service Northern Research Station
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2017
Highlight ID : 1195


Beetles in the family Cerambycidae are commonly called “longhorned beetles” because their antennae are typically as long as or longer than their body length. More than 36,000 species of cerambycids have been discovered throughout the world and several are major pests of agricultural crops as well as urban and forest trees. Several species have been moved to new countries as a result of international trade in recent decades, where often they have become pests. In the U.S., infestations of the Asian longhorned beetle, a major pest of maples and many other hardwood trees, are active in Massachusetts, New York, and Ohio. There is growing global interest to better understand and manage cerambycids. In response, a team of international researchers published the book “Cerambycidae of the World: Biology and Pest Management” in 2017. Five of the book’s 13 chapters were written by scientists with the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, covering the topics of cerambycid general biology, feeding ecology, laboratory rearing, urban and forest tree pests, and biosecurity. Each chapter reviewed the world’s scientific literature and will serve as an essential reference for researchers and quarantine professionals for years to come.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University, New Zealand Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Sand Hutton, York, UK

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