Emerald Ash Borer Found Closer To New England

"ALBANY, N.Y. -- The invasive beetle that has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees over the past decade has been found east of the Hudson River for the first time, marking its closest known threat to New England, researchers in New York told The Associated Press Wednesday."

"But the discovery of an emerald ash borer infestation in the Dutchess County village of Rhinecliff last month may signal a victory in the battle to stem the pest's spread: Foresters believe the colony was caught less than a year after it got established, a big step given that the beetle can go unnoticed for years.

The larval beetle tunnels under the bark, eventually destroying a tree without any sign until its foliage yellows and dies. The shiny green adults are only about half an inch long and tend to fly well above the ground, making them hard to spot."

George M. Walsh reports for the Associated Press April 18, 2012.

SEE ALSO:

"Observatory: Beetles' Birth Explosion Puts Trees Under Stress" (New York Times)

"With Deaths of Forests, a Loss of Key Climate Protectors" (New York Times 10/1/2011)

Source: AP, 04/19/2012