Asian Longhorned Beetle found near the Arnold Arboretum

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
September 13, 2010

Asian Longhorned Beetle found near the Arnold Arboretum

On Monday, July 5, 2010, the Arnold Arboretum learned that the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) was found in six red maple trees on the grounds of the Faulkner Hospital, located at 1153 Centre Street on the Arboretum’s western border. The Arboretum understands the gravity of this news, and is cooperating with city, state, and federal authorities in their response to this infestation. To date, no beetles have been found in the Arboretum.

What is the Arboretum doing in response?

Upon learning of the Worcester, MA outbreak of ALB in August of 2008, the Arboretum undertook a series of actions to respond to this threat to its renowned collection of woody plants. In February of 2009, the Arboretum instituted a protocol and strategy to regularly monitor its collections. This approach deploys staff arborists and horticultural technologists who have been trained to recognize signs of infestation. The collections have been prioritized, with focus placed upon host trees growing around the perimeter of the Arboretum. Arboretum arborists have been scouting for signs of the beetle by climbing individual trees and conducting thorough visual inspections.

The Arboretum is fully cooperating with the USDA-led effort to protect trees in the Arboretum. To aid in this effort, the Arboretum has provided to authorities detailed maps of the 265-acre Arboretum, as well as lists of individual trees belonging to the preferred host species. In 2011, the USDA and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation will continue to monitor the Arboretum’s host species within the quarantine zone. Arboretum staff will continue to monitor host species that fall outside of the quarantine.

Volunteer Beetle Detectives Needed

Help efforts to control the spread of Asian Longhorned Beetle and the Emerald Ash Borer. Learn how to participate in the Forest Pest Survey.

More about the Asian Longhorned Beetle

Think you’ve seen the beetle? Take photos if you can, even with a cell phone. If you capture one, store it in a glass jar in the freezer. Report potential Asian Longhorned Beetle sightings here or call 1.866.702.9938.

Live in the quarantine zone (regulated area) and have questions? Call 508.852.8090

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