Saturday, August 09, 2008

Asian Longhorned Beetle Found in Illinios

An adult Asian Longhorned Beetle has been found in a shopping mall parking lot in Deerfield. Information from the city of Deerfield can be found here.

From the Chicago Tribune:
DEERFIELD, Ill. - After nearly five years since the confirmed sighting of an Asian longhorned beetle in Illinois, experts are bracing for a new infestation of the tree-killing insects.

Scientists confirmed this week that a single specimen has been discovered in the parking lot of a Deerfield shopping mall.

Plant and pesticide specialists from the U.S. and Illinois departments of agriculture will begin trying Monday to determine whether the beetle somehow survived eradication efforts five years ago or the recent finding represents a new infestation.

The Asian longhorned beetle is larger and slower moving than the emerald ash borer, another insect that has recently plagued trees in Illinois.

The Asian longhorned beetle was first spotted in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood in 1998.



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