Asian Longhorned Beetle

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Asian Longhorned Beetle

Scientific Name
Anoplophora glabripennis
Meet the "Starry Sky" Beetle
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This large black and white beetle from Asia has super-long antennae and sometimes blue feet! It digs tunnels through the wood of many species of trees and has no natural predators in North America!

Frankie Barker
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ALB face
Trees in Trouble
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Asian Longhorned Beetle
The Beetle's Favorite Trees I

Leaves from a sugar maple. All maples are eaten by the Asian longhorned beetle but Norway, red, silver, sugar, sycamore maple, and boxelder are tasty to the beetle!

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The American elm tree—another delicious snack for the beetles!

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Leaves from a European white birch. Gray and river birches are also eaten by these beetles.

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The Beetle's Favorite Trees II

Here is a photo of a white willow, but this beetle also eats weeping, pussy, and black willows.

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The horse chestnut tree is a tasty snack for Asian longhorned beetles.

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A Fungus to the Rescue!
Trees in Trouble

Cross-section of a tree trunk showing the damage caused by a burrowing larva.

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This tree trunk has tunnels in it from beetles feeding on the wood.

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Tree trunk with damage from feeding larvae.

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Frankie reading
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Clues that a Beetle is Nearby I

A perfectly round hole created by an adult Asian longhorned beetle chewing its way out of a tree.

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ALB hole

The female adult beetle chews a small hole into the bark where she will lay her eggs.

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Clues that a Beetle is Nearby II

A tree trunk showing several exit holes and egg sites.
 

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Sawdust-like material that the beetle pushes out of the tree as it burrows.

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Frankie

Sugar maple leaves: John Ruter, University of Georgia, Bugwood.orgAsian longhorned beetle: Robert Mitchell, University of Wisconsin.; Asian longhorned beetle life cycle: Michael Bohne, UVM.; Pupa : Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Forestry Archive, Bugwood.org.Larva : Joe Boggs, Ohio State University, Bugwood.org. Eggs: Melody Keena, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org.Sugar maple leaves: Plant image library, Flickr.com. ; American elm leaves: Paul Wray, Iowa State University, Bugwood.org. European birch leaves, white willow leaves: Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org.; Horse chestnut leaves: Rob Routledge, Sault College, Bugwood.org. Tree trunk cross section: E. Richard Hoebeke, Cornell University, Bugwood.org. Tree trunk tunnels: Kenneth R. Law, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org.Larvae damage:  Thomas B. Denholm, New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Bugwood.org. Round hole: USDA, Flickr.com.Chewed bark: Kenneth R. Law, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org.Trunk exit holes: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Forestry, Bugwood.org. Frass: Kenneth R. Law, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org.

 

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