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2017 Exotic Plant Pest and Pathogen Survey Results

As part of the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) program in 2017, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources staff designed and implemented a number of surveys to detect exotic insect pests, plant pathogens, and weeds considered threats to agriculture and natural resources in our state. Here are the results:

1. Nursery inspectors performed inspections at 37 Massachusetts nurseries for the following exotic pests and plants:

None of the above target species were found.

2. Staff also performed insect pest surveys using pheromone traps at 30 different farms and nurseries across the state, targeting the following:

None of the above target species were found.

3. MDAR staff received Farm Bill funding in 2017 to conduct a survey of Massachusetts stonefruit orchards. Stonefruits including peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and cherries are an important specialty crop in our state. Twenty orchards were checked for the presence of the following pests:

Fifteen additional orchards were surveyed for Plum Pox Virus.

None of the above target species were found.

4. MDAR staff monitored colonies of a ground-nesting, jewel beetle-hunting wasp called the Smoky-Winged Beetle Bandit (Cerceris fumipennis) for the following pests:

None of the above target species were found.

For more information about the Smoky Winged Beetle Bandit (Cerceris fumipennis), please visit

MDAR State Pest Survey Coordinator, Sarah Grubin, surveys for Plum Pox Virus in an orchard.

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