|An Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis), also known as the ALB or starry sky beetle|
These beautiful insects are not only one of the 100 World's Worst Invasives, but they are in fact in the top ten, listed as #7. The term "longhorned" is a bit of a misnomer as these beetles have long antennae rather than projections from their carapace.
This beetle is native to Asian countries such as Japan and China. Believed to have been introduced to New York in the 1980's and discovered in 1996, it is invasive in areas of Canada and the United States. It is currently restricted to urban areas, where it will attack hardwood trees. Over a period of three to five years, an infested tree will slowly die. About 30-35% of trees in these areas are at risk, and if the population of beetles is not contained it could cause a loss of 1.2 billion trees, a value estimated to be $669 billion. If the beetles spread to forest areas, 71 billion trees could be lost that value in at more than $2 trillion.
|This beetle is showing off its characteristic antennae|
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