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Archive for August, 2008

Learn to spot ALB leaf damage

While the major damage caused by the Asian Longhorned Beetle occurs when the larvae of this insect bore into the wood of tree trunks and branches, adult beetles do feed on the leaves and twigs of their host plants. Rather than cutting circular or oval holes in leaves, like many other beetles, the ALB tears […]

Asian Longhorned Beetle in Massachusetts

The Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis, “ALB”), a pest of hardwood trees including maple, birch and horse chestnut, was recently discovered in Worcester, Massachusetts. An astute resident of the Greendale section of Worcester reported the sighting, and it was confirmed by entomologists from USDA APHIS-PPQ earlier this week. The Asian Longhorn Beetle is an invasive […]

Pest Alert: Viburnum leaf beetle

Viburnum leaf beetle (Pyrrhalta viburni), a pest of Viburnum species including arrowwood and European cranberry bush, has been confirmed in three new counties in Massachusetts. The Viburnum leaf beetle was first discovered in Massachusetts in 2004, in Berkshire County. In July 2008, new sightings of this introduced pest were reported in Bristol, Franklin, and Middlesex […]