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2016 Winter Moth Survey

It’s that time of year again: winter moths and other related species have started to show up at porch lights across the state. The winter moth (Operophtera brumata) is an invasive species first discovered in Massachusetts in the 1990s. Winter moth caterpillars are highly efficient tree defoliators, often stripping the leaves of oaks, maples and […]

2015 Wasp Watchers Round-up!

The results are in… Massachusetts Wasp Watchers had a record season in 2015! The smoky-winged beetle bandit (Cerceris fumipennis) is a native, non-stinging wasp species that feeds its young by catching Buprestid beetles, including the most infamous: emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis). Cerceris wasps are an important early detection tool that can assist in slowing the spread of emerald […]

2015 Winter Moth Survey

It’s that time of year again: winter moths and other related species have started to show up at porch lights across the state. The winter moth (Operophtera brumata) is an invasive species first discovered in Massachusetts in the 1990s. Winter moth caterpillars are highly efficient tree defoliators, often stripping the leaves of oaks, maples and […]

2014 Plant Pest and Pathogen Survey Results

As part of the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) in 2014, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources staff designed and implemented a number of surveys to detect non-native insect pests, plant pathogens, and weeds considered threats to agriculture and natural resources in our state. Here are the results: 1. Nursery inspectors performed inspections at 56 nurseries in […]

2013 Plant Pest and Pathogen Survey Results

As part of the Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey (CAPS) program, in 2013 Mass. Department of Agricultural Resources staff designed and took part in a number of surveys to monitor agricultural crops in our state for the presence of non-native insect pests and plant diseases. Here are the results: Nursery inspectors performed inspections for the following […]