Watch Out For The Asian Longhorn Beetle, A Bug That Invaded Massachusetts And Killed Off Thousands Of Trees

While you’re out and about in Massachusetts nature, you’ll find all kinds of unique plants, animals, and insects. However, the Asian Longhorn Beetle was first noticed in North America back in the ’90s, and has since invaded the Bay State, killing more than 80,000 trees. The Asian Longhorn Beetle infests many different type of trees, and while the greatest infestation was in Worcester, there was also a smaller infestation in Boston. It’s helpful to be able to identify this beetle so that something can be done before it spreads.

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