July 21, 2018

“Lurking in the Trees”: The Asian Longhorned Beetle

The Asian longhorned beetle. See a film and discussion on 3 March at 7.30 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall

There will be a film and discussion on the Asian Longhorned Beetle on Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 pm at Essex Town Hall. Admission will be free.

With Spring around the corner, we take for granted that our trees will begin to show their buds, flowers and leaves. The recent arrival of the Asian Longhorned Beetle may put this annual event in jeopardy. Come watch the film “Lurking in the Trees” which depicts how this alien insect has devastated trees in a number of communities. After viewing the movie, we will learn from Katherine Dugas of the Connecticut Agricultural Station how to recognize and thwart this pest. Katherine will  bring a display of Asian longhorned beetles and a cross-sectioned wood sample showing internal damage caused by ALB larvae

These terrible insect-invaders from Asia have killed trees in New England, in particular, Worcester, Massachusetts. The only way to stop the pests in that city was to cut down and grind up over 25,000 trees. There is concern that the damage could spread throughout the northeastern United States. New infestations can destroy our forests and property values, and cost huge sums of money to control.

Originating in China, Asian Longhorned beetles are invasive pests that likely came to the U.S. in wood pallets used in shipping containers. They established themselves in a stand of maple trees in the industrial core of Worcester 12 to 15 years ago and have been quietly spreading, killing trees and multiplying ever since. The threat the beetles pose to New England trees, including towns in this region, is a risk too great to contemplate.

Co-sponsored by the Essex Garden Club, Potapaug Audubon Society and the Essex Library.  Refreshments served. Admission is free. For more information about the event please contact Peggy Tuttle at 860-767-7916 or e-mail peggytuttle@gmail.com.

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