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Asian Long-Horned Beetle

Asian long-horned beetleScientific name: Anoplophora glabripennis (Motschulsky, 1853) (ITIS)

Common names: Asian long-horned beetle (ALB), starry sky beetle

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  • Eradication Program Announces 2018 Plans for Fighting the Asian Longhorned Beetle (May 24, 2018)
    USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing 2018 Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) eradication plans. APHIS, together with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture, is making steady progress towards the elimination of this destructive tree pest from the United States. "We want to remind the public that program officials are going door-to-door conducting tree inspections in areas quarantined for the beetle," said Josie Ryan, APHIS' ALB Eradication Program national operations manager. "You can help us by allowing our program officials access to the trees on your property."
  • August Is Tree Check Month: Public's Nelp Needed to Stop the Asian Longhorned Beetle in its Tracks (Jul 31, 2017)
    USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) wants to remind the public that August is Tree Check Month. This is the best time to spot the round, drill-like holes made by the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB); a highly destructive invasive pest that destroys trees.

    The Asian longhorned beetle has the potential to destroy millions of acres of America's treasured hardwoods, including maple, birch, elm, willow, ash and poplar trees. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure to save infested trees. They need to be removed to keep the beetle from spreading to nearby trees, as well as to protect homes and other personal property since infested trees will die and can drop branches. The beetle is slow to spread on its own during the early stages of an infestation, so early detection and reporting is critical to containing it.

Selected Resources

Native To: Asia (Hu et al. 2009)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First breeding populations discovered in New York in 1996 (Haack et al. 2010)

Means of Introduction: Arrived accidentally in cargo from Asia (Hu et al. 2009)

Impact: Destructive wood-boring pest of maple and other hardwoods (Haack et al. 2010)

Current U.S. Distribution:




Selected Resources:

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Council or Task Force

Stop the Invasion: Citrus and Asian Long-horned Beetles (Jun 2016; PDF | 479 KB)
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Washington Invasive Species Council.
See also: Outreach and Educational Materials - Invasive Species Fact Sheets for more resources


Asian Longhorned Cooperative Eradication Program
Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project.

New York Invasive Species Information - Asian Longhorned Beetle
New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse.

Gallery of Pests - Asian Longhorned Beetle
Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.

Pest Alert: Asian Longhorned Beetle
North Central Integrated Pest Management Center.

Invasive Species Compendium - Anoplophora glabripennis
CAB International.

Plantwise Technical Factsheet - Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis)
CABI. Plantwise Knowledge Bank.

EPPO Global Database - Anoplophora glabripennis
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

Delivering Alien Invasive Species Inventories for Europe (DAISIE): Species Factsheet - Anoplophora glabripennis
European Commission. Sixth Framework Programme.

Global Invasive Species Database - Anoplophora glabripennis (insect)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Invaders Factsheet: Asian Long-horned Beetle
Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program (Canada).

Federal Government

Hungry Pests: The Threat - Asian Longhorned Beetle
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Asian Longhorned Beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis: An Emerging Success (PDF | 126 KB)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Asian Longhorned Beetle
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Public outreach and educational site (former Asianlonghornedbeetle.com site).

Plant Pests and Diseases Program: Insects and Mites - Asian Longhorned Beetle
USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

Pest Alert: Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis): A New Introduction
USDA. FS. Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry.

Forest Disturbance Processes - Asian Longhorned Beetle
USDA. FS. Northern Research Station.

International Government

Insects - Asian Longhorned Beetle
Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Forest Invasive Alien Species - Asian Longhorned Beetle
Natural Resources Canada. Canadian Forest Service.

State Government

Pest Profile - Asian Longhorned Beetle
California Department of Food and Agriculture. Plant Health Division. Pest Detection/Emergency Projects Branch.

Fact Sheet: Asian Longhorned Beetle (PDF | 108 KB)
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
See also: Publications - All CAES Factsheets for more resources

Forest Pests: Invasive Plants and Insects of Maryland - Asian Longhorned Beetle (Aug 2012; PDF | 279 KB)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Forest Service.
See also: Invasive Plants and Insects Fact Sheets for additional species to help control invasive species in Maryland

Michigan Invasive Species - Asian Longhorned Beetle
State of Michigan.

Insects & Pests - Asian Longhorned Beetle
Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Field Guide: Invasive - Asian Longhorned Beetle
Missouri Department of Conservation.
See also: For more information about Invasive Tree Pests (insects and diseases) that are not native to Missouri

Asian Longhorned Beetle
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Division of Parks and Forestry.

Invasive Pests - Asian Longhorned Beetle
Ohio Department of Agriculture.


Asian Long-Horned Beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis
University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.

Introduced Species Summary Project - Asian Longhorned Beetle
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

Emerging Threats: Asian Longhorned Beetle
Kansas State University. Kansas Forest Service.

Asian Longhorned Beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis
Oklahoma State University. Entomology and Plant Pathology.

Asian Longhorned Beetle - UVM Public Awareness
University of Vermont. Entomological Research Laboratory.


Help With Pests - Asian Longhorned Beetle
Morton Arboretum (Illinois).


Haack, R.A., F. Herard, J. Sun, and J.J. Turgeon. 2010. Managing invasive populations of Asian longhorned beetle and citrus longhorned beetle: a worldwide perspective. Annual Review of Entomology 55:521-546.

Hu, J., S. Angeli, S. Schuetz, Y. Luo, and A.E. Hajek. 2009. Ecology and management of exotic and endemic Asian longhorned beetle Anoplophora glabripennis. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 11(4):359-375.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Anoplophora glabripennis. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

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