Invasive Species. Technical Resources. Do not transport living beetles or larvae unless instructed to do so. To report a suspected ALB infestation outside of Connecticut , contact. More information. Currently , ALB in the United States has been found only in urban communities; however, its ability to spread poses a great threat to native forests as well.
Their most recent research revealed that the larval offspring of the wood-borer native to China can feed and thrive on tree species whose tissues would sicken their parents, perhaps explaining how the beetle expands its range, even when its preferred host trees — maples, elms and willows — are not nearby. And eradication efforts continue in New York, Massachusetts and Ohio. This is not a new pest, but it still threatens billions of dollars in economic damage, Hoover pointed out, adding that if USDA had not undertaken its eradication efforts, Asian longhorned beetles would be causing a tremendous amount of damage over a much larger area. Some trees, such as poplar, have limited resistance to attacks by Asian longhorned beetles, noted lead researcher Charlie Mason, postdoctoral scholar in entomology.
Signs of invasive Asian longhorned beetle found in Boylston; USDA asks public for help
Pay attention to trees, especially maples, with dying branches. Look for the characteristic exit holes in large branches or the trunks. Many websites have good ALB photos and information. Michael Bohne, Bugwood.
Access information and resources on the ALB and check back for updates. Thanks to the awareness of the grounds crew, the infestation was caught early. Since the onset, more than 70, trees have been surveyed and no other ALB damage has been identified.