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Asian Long-Horned Beetle

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Asian Long-Horned Beetle
Scientific Name:
Anoplophora glabripennis (Motschulsky, 1853) (ITIS)
Common Name:
Asian long-horned beetle (ALB), starry sky beetle
Photo:
Asian Longhorned Beetle, adult - Photo by Donald Duerr; USDA, Forest Service

Spotlights

  • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
    As winter approaches, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is reminding the public not to move wood out of areas quarantined for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). It is important that people follow state and federal laws, which restrict the movement of woody material, to keep the tree-killing pest from spreading outside of quarantined areas in Massachusetts, Ohio, and New York.
  • 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."

  • USDA. Blog.
    On September 12, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and its partners declared Monroe Township in Clermont County, Ohio, free of Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). This news came just months after APHIS declared Stonelick Township free of the beetle in March. ALB was first discovered in Monroe Township in August 2011. We think people unknowingly moved the beetle in firewood from Tate Township before anyone knew about the infestation there. Before long, adult beetles emerged and started infesting trees in Monroe. To stop this pest in its tracks, APHIS and state officials had to remove 1,186 trees in Monroe. They protected 4,614 other trees by injecting a pesticide directly into the trunks. It took 7 years, but after inspecting over 177,000 trees, APHIS and its partners finally confirmed the beetle is no longer there.
Native To:
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)

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status

Quarantine

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Selected Resources

The section below contains selected highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. To view all related content for this species, click on "View all resources for species" in the top left of this page.

Council or Task Force

Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Washington Invasive Species Council.

Partnership

Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project.
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.
Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program (Canada).

New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse.

University of New Hampshire. Cooperative Extension; New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food.
The Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) was found in Worcester, MA in August 2008 and in Boston in July 2010. This insect pest poses a serious risk to trees and forests. ALB has not yet been found in New Hampshire. Help us by looking at the debris from your swimming pools. Whenever you clean your pool, look at the debris you collect in your filter and skimmers. Use this fact sheet (PDF | 1.22 MB) to compare collected insects to common insects. Upload pictures of any insect you think is a longhorned beetle.
North Central Integrated Pest Management Center.

Federal Government

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Public outreach and educational site (former Asianlonghornedbeetle.com site).
USDA. FS. Northern Research Station.
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

International Government

Natural Resources Canada. Canadian Forest Service.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

State and Local Government

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Division of Parks and Forestry.

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
See also: Publications - All CAES Factsheets for more resources
Missouri Department of Conservation.
See also: For more information about Invasive Tree Pests (insects and diseases) that are not native to Missouri
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.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Ohio Department of Agriculture.

California Department of Food and Agriculture. Plant Health Division. Pest Detection/Emergency Projects Branch.

Academic

University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.
University of Vermont. Entomological Research Laboratory.
Oklahoma State University. Entomology and Plant Pathology.
Kansas State University. Kansas Forest Service.
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

Professional

Morton Arboretum (Illinois).

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