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New Online Resource on Asian Longhorned-Beetle

Photo of An Asian long-horned beetle larva, and the damage it causes inside the maple tree. USDA Forest ServiceAn Asian long-horned beetle larva, and the damage it causes inside the maple tree. USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : A new, open-access article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management provides a comprehensive overview written in plain language for managers and the public about the Asian longhorned beetle. It includes a review of its biology, life stages, distribution, ecology, and methods of detecting and controlling the beetle.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Keena, Melody 
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2015
Highlight ID : 824


The Asian longhorned beetle, (Anoplophora glabripennis), is a wood boring insect that is capable of destroying 30 percent of the urban trees in the United States at an economic loss of $669 billion. Infestations of the beetle have been found in Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Toronto, and they have been shown to feed on more than 100 different tree species, with a preference for maples, poplars, aspens, cottonwoods, and willows. An article written by Melody Keens, a Forest Service expert on the Asian long-horned beetle based at the agency’s Northern Research Station, and published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management, summarizes the scientific bases for the cooperative eradication programs. It is written in plain language for non-scientists. The supplementary tables in the article include a list of nearly 160 different trees on which the beetle can feed, deposit eggs, or complete their development under field conditions. Another table lists tree species that do not serve as the beetle’s hosts and may be good choices for replanting efforts. Current detection methods and a wide range of control options are also discussed.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Kelli Hoover and Peter Meng, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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