Asian Long-Horned Beetle: Profile of a New Pest
Robert D. Childs and Ronald F. Kujawski
The Asian long-horned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) (ALB) is one of the latest in the long history of exotic pests that have found their way into the continental U.S.A. First discovered on maple trees in a Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood in 1996, this native of Japan, Korea, and southern China has since been found in trees in Amityville, New York, other boroughs of New York City (including Manhattan), and in suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Efforts to intercept new introductions of this pest have increased significantly since the original find. It has now been intercepted nearly 30 times at shipping ports in 17 other states in raw-wood packing material emanating from Asia. The repeated interceptions of this pest at U.S.A. ports has prompted the federal government to impose trade restrictions on China. Now, all cargo entering the United States from China that is in any way packaged in raw wood material must carry a certificate of being insect-free.
Unlike most wood boring insects that
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