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Hey, That’s Not ALB!

It’s that time of year again! Every spring, when outside temperatures start to heat up, we get reports from people concerned that they’ve see the invasive Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB). Luckily, ALB won’t emerge from the trees until July. If you’re seeing big black beetles with long, long antennae in May and early June, they […]

Meet the BeetleBot!

What looks like an Asian Longhorned Beetle, but doesn’t threaten our trees and natural resources?  The BeetleBot! This terrifying machination resembles the invasive insect currently located in central Massachusetts. The real beetle targets hardwood trees, especially maples, but this robotic replica’s only goal is to educate and entertain. It was featured at the It’s A […]

Don’t Move Firewood! Protecting Campgrounds and our Natural Resources

Though it’s cold outside now, the spring camping season is rapidly approaching! While many campers like to bring their own firewood to campsites, the invasive wood-boring insects Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer make frequent use of firewood to transport themselves to new infestation sites. Worcester has already lost 36,000 trees to date due […]

Winter Moth Survey Update 2016

The winter moth flight came and went this fall, and numbers were so low, you might not have noticed them at all… 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 other hardwood trees […]

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 […]

Looking Back: Forest Pest Awareness Month 2016

Once again in 2016 August was officially declared Forest Pest Awareness month by the governor as part of an effort to raise awareness about invasive insects such as Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer. Over the course of August, much was done to increase the public’s awareness of these introduced pests. Due to the […]

Emerald Ash Borer Continues its Spread

With the recent detection of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis, “EAB”) in three new municipalities (Boxford, Newton and Wilbraham), the total number of Massachusetts counties impacted by this pest has now risen to six (see Table 1). Emerald ash borer, an invasive wood-boring pest that threatens our forests and urban landscapes, was first discovered in […]

What’s Being Done During Forest Pest Awareness Month

August is Forest Pest Awareness Month in Massachusetts, a state-appointed time to focus on Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) (Anoplophora glabripennis) and other invasive insects. ALB is a species of great concern because it attacks and destroys a wide range of native hardwood trees, including maple. Human efforts remain the best methods to detect the presence of […]

Hey, That’s Not ALB!

Just a reminder: Here in Massachusetts, the bugs may be flying, but Asian Longhorned Beetle won’t emerge from the trees until July. If you’re seeing big black beetles with long, long antennae in May and early June, they are almost certainly the native look-alikes knows as Whitespotted Pine Sawyers. Read more in this blog post […]

Arbor Day Ash Tree Tagging

With Arbor Day only a month away, it’s time to think about planning how we can celebrate trees and their ability to provide our neighborhoods with clean air, shaded streets, and aesthetic value. This year, why not consider joining our Arbor Day ash tree tagging project! Spearheaded by the Mass. Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), […]