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Subject: Asian longhorned beetle found in Central Park (NY, U.S.A.)
Date posted: March 05, 2002
Source: NY Times,
found online at http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/10/science/10TREE.html

The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), Anoplophora glabripennis, an exotic insect responsible for the destruction of almost 8,000 trees in New York City and Chicago, has been discovered in Central Park for the first time. The two infected trees, found at the end of January, were a Norway maple and a sugar maple situated in a nature sanctuary at the park´s southern end. The trees have been cut down and, as per ALB protocol, will be chipped and incinerated. This discovery has prompted an inspection of the approximately 13,000 trees in Central Park vulnerable to ALB attack Fortunately, since the insects are dormant this time of year, there is no danger of further infestation.

Please see the archived news stories from 8/10/01 and 11/13/01 on A. glabripennis.