It’s Monday morning but there are no excuses for skipping today’s blog. Every true or false brain teaser is about the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB). Although some of us may be more familiar with this beetle based on our proximity to the quarantine zone in Central Massachusetts, all of us should be paying attention and looking for signs of this destructive species.
To wake you up, let’s start with the inspirational thought of the day by Martin H. Fischer, which may sound cheeky but true in the case of learning about the Asian Longhorned Beetles. “I find four great classes of students: The dumb who stay dumb. The dumb who become wise. The wise who go dumb. The wise who remain wise.” All of us, no matter what region or state we live in must be vigilant about spotting this devastating pest, even if you think you aren’t in the hot zone.
Asian Longhorned Beetles are a serious pest in China.
The Asian Longhorned Beetle has a distinctive white spot between its wing covers, near its head.
The Pine tree is a host for Asian Longhorned Beetle.
Adult Asian Longhorned Beetles emerge from the trees in May.
Asian Longhorned Beetles only attack weak, diseased trees.
Many of the ALB sightings have been detected by citizens, not by trained professionals. Basic facts about hosts, life cycles and identification of any insect make for a wise gardener.Early detection of these nasty pests is crucial to keeping our forests, gardens and neighborhoods healthy and safe from infestations. Enjoy this beautiful stretch of sunshine coming our way and check tomorrow’s blog for the Asian Longhorned Beetle answers and additional information on this destructive pest.
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