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Archive for October, 2011

Western Conifer Seed Bug: Sneaking Into A Home Near You

This time of year, reports sometimes come in through our ALB reporting form from Massachusetts residents worried that they have found Asian longhorned beetle inside their homes. Most of these reports turn out to be the Western conifer seed bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis or “WCSB”), which can be confused with Asian longhorned beetle. This insect has […]

This Holiday Season, Avoid Spreading Invasive Plants

Fall is in full gear, and for many people that means it’s the start of the holiday decorating season. This is a reminder to be aware that Asiatic bittersweet and multiflora rose, two invasive species, are sometimes used to make holiday wreaths, garlands and other decorations. These plants are on the Massachusetts Prohibited Plant List […]

Success In The Winter Moth Battle

UMass Amherst is reporting that Extension entomologist Joe Elkinton now has evidence that the biocontrol for the invasive winter moth has finally taken hold in Massachusetts. For the past 6 years, Elkinton’s lab has been rearing and releasing a parasitic fly, Cyzenis albicans, that attacks the invasive winter moth (Operophtera brumata). Research shows that fly […]