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Archive for May, 2012

Hey – That’s Not ALB!

Over the past couple of weeks, our pest reporting website has been deluged with reports from people who are worried they’ve spotted the dreaded Asian longhorned beetle. Turns out almost all of these reports can be blamed on a look-alike, the whitespotted sawyer: The whitespotted sawyer (Monochamus scutellatus) is a native beetle that attacks diseased […]

Winter Moth Update From UMass Extension

Bob Childs, an entomologist with UMass Extension, recently released a Winter Moth Update for Massachusetts, noting that the early hatch of caterpillars followed by below-freezing temperatures in many parts of the state apparently led to a serious decline in populations of this defoliating pest. While this is surely a relief to many who were concerned […]