Thursday, July 05, 2007

Funky Beetle

Here's a little guy I snapped on my way to work. Such interesting colours.
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But he's a bad mammajamma. From this site on the Asian Longhorned Beetle:

"A new and potentially serious threat to some of North America’s most beautiful and popular trees is the Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis). Native to parts of Asia, the beetle is believed to have arrived in North America in the wooden packing material used in cargo shipments from China. Isolated Asian Longhorned Beetle infestations have been discovered in Brooklyn and Amityville, New York, and in Chicago, Illinois. In all instances where Asian Longhorned Beetles have been found, authorities have reacted quickly to stop the infestation from spreading.

Trees favored by the Asian Longhorned Beetle are predominantly maples, but infestations have also been discovered in horsechestnuts, poplars, willows, elms, mulberries and black locusts. Currently, there is no known chemical or biological defense against the Asian Longhorned Beetle and, in North America, they have few natural predators. In all cases of infestation, the affected trees are cut down and the wood destroyed."


Bad beetle. BAD!

4 comments:

Kevin said...

"Isolated Asian Longhorned Beetle infestations have been discovered in Brooklyn and Amityville, New York, and in Chicago, Illinois."

A new Amityville Horror awaits.


Kevin

sher said...

Kami should stomp it!

Jelly said...

Kami doesn't have fierce stomping paws like Upsie. Kami's paws are more like slippery slippers. At best, he'd slide upon it.

It's Me... Maven said...

Yep that sucker is a huge threat to the New England maple syrup industry. How territorial/poisonous, etc are those things? They're hideous! Another thing worthwhile knowing is the gypsy moth catepillar is ALSO not indigenous to North America, and does quite a job on defoliating & even outright KILLING trees. Whenever I see their nests, I wish I had the ability to just snip the branches and collect them and throw them in a furnace somewhere.