Protecting Trees from Asian Longhorn Beetles Lecture

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn, presents “Protecting Trees from Asian Longhorn Beetles and Emerald Ash Borers,” a lecture by Katherine Dugas, Entomologist with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. The lecture will be held at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History on the UConn Storrs Campus, Saturday, August 2 at 10 am.

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) are two invasive forest pests that threaten Connecticut’s urban and rural forests. While the Asian Longhorned Beetle has not yet been found in CT, it is in Worcester, MA (35 miles from the CT border). The Emerald Ash Borer was first detected in CT in July 2012, and has since been found in 15 towns spanning the four westernmost counties of CT. The rapid spread of both of these forest pests can be prevented by limiting the long-distance movement of firewood.

Join Katherine Dugas, from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, and learn about the history and biology of Asian Longhorn Beetles and Emerald Ash Borers, current survey methods, host tree identification, control and eradication efforts for both insects, and ways that the public can help to detect and prevent the spread of these and other destructive forest pests. Then step outside as we identity and examine some of the host trees found around the Museum.

This program is open to adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program is free and advanced registration is not required. To contact the Museum, visit http://www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar.html or call 860-486-4460.

Presented by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn

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