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Archive for September, 2009

Pest Alert: Mile-a-minute vine

Mile-a-minute vine (Polygonum perfoliatum), an invasive vine native to eastern Asia, has been confirmed in two new counties in Massachusetts. Also known as “devil’s tail” or “Asiatic tear-thumb,” mile-a-minute vine was first discovered in Massachusetts in 2006 in two locations: Falmouth (Barnstable County) and Milton (Norfolk County). Through a multi-agency effort to uncover new populations […]

Yet Another ALB ‘Lookalike’ Species: The Western Conifer Seed Bug

Reports sometimes come in through our ALB reporting form from Massachusetts residents worried that they have seen Asian longhorned beetles inside their houses. In actuality, many of these reports turn out to be another ALB ‘look-alike’ species: the Western conifer seed bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis). This insect has a brown body about 3/4 of an inch […]

Help Needed: ALB Tree Surveys

Volunteers are needed NOW to assist the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources with Asian Longhorned Beetle tree surveys in the Boston and Springfield areas. The surveys are being held to train volunteers and to raise awareness about the beetle in parts of the state where ALB is more likely to show up (but hasn’t yet!): […]

Help Needed: Fight Mile-a-Minute Vine

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is seeking volunteers to help pull mile-a-minute vine in Fowl Meadow, part of the Blue Hills Reservation. Mile-a-minute vine (Polygonum perfoliatum, “MAM”), an invasive species native to Asia, was discovered in Fowl Meadow in 2006 and now covers more than 40 acres. Fowl Meadow is an area of […]