The Asian Long-Horned Beetle

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The Asian Long-Horned Beetle

Common names: The Asian Long-Horned Beetle, starry sky, or sky beetle(wikipedia, 2014)Scientific name: Anoplophora glabripennis(wikipedia, 2014)

The Asian Long-Horned Beetle

How it can be identified: -Quite large: Bodies between 2.5 and 4 cm in length-shiny and black-approximately 20 white spots on each wing-long black and white antennae-most can fly, but only for short distances-can be distinguished between other insects that looks like them from the patterns on their wings and antennae-upper parts of the adults' legs are whitish blue(wikipedia, 2014)

Asian Long Horned beetles like tropical and sub tropical places.They live in, or should I say, infest, trees. Types of trees such as Acer. As well as living in trees, they feed on trees as well. Asian long horned beetles eat twigs, leaves, and other things that come from plants. They affect the areas they invade because they cause the death to many trees in the countries that they invade. The death of trees results in lower oxygen rate, fewer habitats and less food for other species etc. It also effects the carbon cycle in that country/area since a decrease in trees will mean a decrease in photosynthic activity.(wikipedia, 2014)

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In Canada, the Asian Long horned beetle has infested the Greater Toronto Area. After an intense containment program, Canada was stated free of Asian Long Horned Beetles on April 5th 2013. The last official time someone has spotted the beetle was in 2007.(wikipedia, 2014)

Originally from China, Japan and Korea! It's presumed they invaded other countries from wood packaging that got shipped.

Asian longhorned beetles have no controls or limitations for their reproductions and growth. This is why they're so succeful at growing because there is nothing that kills them. Not even pesticides. (Canadian Food Inspection Agency, 2013). The reason they grow so well in Canada is because we provide the right temperature, water and food for their survival.

The public needs to be aware of this issue because the more Asian Long-horned Beetles there are, there will be a greater negative impact on our environment. These beetles will destroy our national tree, maple trees, which will effect mape syrup production as well as the colouring of our leaves, which Canada is very well known for. To further prevent the infestation of the beetle, citizens should report any suspected sightings or infested trees to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (1-800-442-2342). The video to the right will show in more detail how to spot an Asian Long-horned Beetle.

City of Toronto

Canadian Food Inspection Agency


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