COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When she saw the plump orange-and-black insect crawling on the rotting rat corpse, Andrea Malek didn't know whether to cry, laugh or scream in celebration.
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has canceled a decision to use chain saws to clear trees killed by bark beetles in two wilderness areas in southwestern Colorado.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A huge blob that appeared on the National Weather Service's radar wasn't a rain cloud, but a massive swarm of ladybugs over Southern California.
PALMER, Alaska (AP) — The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is offering free sites for residents to dispose of spruce beetle-killed trees.
The move comes as officials try to reduce fire danger amid...
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is providing funds to the state to help address an accelerating spread of spruce bark beetles.
EL DORADO SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — Scientists are preparing to end a seven-year program that has reintroduced the first federally endangered species to Missouri because the beetles have shown...
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has authorized the use of chain saws to clear trees killed by bark beetles in two wilderness areas in southwestern Colorado.
RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Sue Rickert from Caledonia said she's the "green nut" recruiting her husband and coworkers for events like WeedOut! Racine's tree planting in Colonial Park.
City plants trees to offset doomed ash trees
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The city of Burlington, Vermont, is planting a variety of young trees to offset expected damage from an ash-tree killing pest.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal wildlife officials said Wednesday a large scavenging beetle that has been classified as endangered since 1989 has become more plentiful and should be downlisted to...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to take the American burying beetle off the endangered species list (all times local):
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Officials in Maine have announced a formal quarantine to slow the spread of a beetle that has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees since its discovery in North...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Removing beetle-infested spruce trees at state campgrounds in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to keep them from falling and harming campers could cost more than $1 million,...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The threat of falling trees brought on by insects and exacerbated by climate warming will close two Alaska state campgrounds this summer.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — State foresters are urging residents near Colorado Springs to cut and treat the trees and branches downed by the powerful storm that struck the area in...
DENVER (AP) — Colorado forestry officials say the state's spruce beetle infestation worsened in 2018.
The Colorado State Forest Service said Thursday the pest was active on 278 square miles...
Ash loggers race against time before beetles get them all
WALTON, N.Y. (AP) — Loggers in snowy forests are cutting down ash like there's no tomorrow, seeking to stay one step ahead of a fast-spreading beetle killing the tree in dozens of...
Beetle forces loggers to race against time
Feds release statement on transmission line set in Sandhills
WOOD RIVER, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released its final environmental impact statement on what a 345,000-volt transmission line through the Nebraska Sandhills could mean to habitat for the endangered American burying beetle.
Bitter winter cold kills some but not all insect pests
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The recent extreme cold weather will kill some but not all of the insects in the area.
The Quad-City Times reports area residents will still have to deal with Japanese beetles and emerald ash borers next summer.
Experts: Wisconsin’s extreme cold can kill emerald ash borer
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The bitter cold temperatures that gripped Wisconsin this week could also have a chilling effect on an invasive insect species that threatens the state's ash trees, according to recent findings.
Professor names beetle species after ‘Game of Thrones’
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska entomologist has named three of his eight newest beetle discoveries after the dragons from the HBO series "Game of Thrones" and George R.R. Martin book series "A Song of Ice and Fire."
Aerial surveys show dead trees in Arizona, New Mexico
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Aerial surveys of forested land in Arizona and New Mexico show large swaths of dead trees following an unusually dry winter that aided pests such as bark beetles.
Arizona saw its largest uptick in tree mortality since the early 2000s when about 1.7 million acres (688,000 hectares) were affected.
Invasive beetle threatens Cornell University’s ash trees
CORNELL, N.Y. (AP) — Cornell University says it will cut down more than 2,000 ash trees in the next few years because of an invasive beetle.
The university says there are between 50,000 and 100,000 ash trees on university grounds that are threatened by the emerald ash borer.
The university is treating a small percentage with pesticide to temporarily stave off the damage, but it won't be able to protect all of the trees.
Canadian scientist names beetle after Jose Bautista
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Jose Bautista has a new namesake buzzing around.
Entomologist Bob Anderson of the Canadian Museum of Nature has dubbed a newly discovered species of beetle Sicoderus bautistai after the former Toronto Blue Jays star.
Anderson decided to name the insect — known as a weevil for its long snout — after Bautista because of the bat-flip home run that propelled Toronto to the 2015 American League Championship Series.
Colorado ski area removes 4,000 beetle-killed trees
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Wolf Creek Ski Area says it has removed an estimated 4,000 trees killed by spruce beetles over about 150 acres (61 hectares).
Area owner Davey Pitcher told The Durango Herald that the removal mitigated some of the fire danger at the southwestern Colorado resort and also got rid of hazardous trees. But he says it also allowed a new ski lift to be built and created some new beginner and intermediate trails.
2 states up boll weevil traps after 2 found in Mississippi
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana and Arkansas have stepped up boll weevil trapping because two of the destructive, long-snouted beetles were found in northern Mississippi.
"We run scared about getting them reintroduced into the state," said Gus Lorenz, a University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service entomologist and one of the state's three boll weevil experts. "We're going to do everything we can to avoid that as much as possible."
Monarch ski resort tackling spruce beetle infestation
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Faced with thousands of dead, standing trees killed by spruce beetles, Monarch Mountain is undergoing its most extensive forest management project to date.
Alongside the Pikes & San Isabel National Forest, Monarch Mountain will identify and cull infected spruce trees across 400 acres, 120 of which will be treated before the ski season. The rest will be addressed over the next four years.
Minnesota man works to restore prairie that healed him
RUSHFORD, Minn. (AP) — It's early evening and Scott Leddy is free to wander the prairie where he again greets the plants and insects that are his friends, his passion and his healers.
With each step, he identifies plants and insects, usually with scientific name, at times adding a common name. On the Joel Johnson Sand Prairie east of Rushford he sees the common horsemint, and close by is the rarer hairy lens grass.
Beetle deadly to ash trees found in 11 new Missouri counties
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An invasive beetle that is deadly to ash trees is showing up in new areas of Missouri.
The Missouri Department of Conservation this month reported that the emerald ash borer has been found in 11 more counties so far this year, bringing the number of affected counties to 53.
One of world’s top urban forests threatened by tiny beetle
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of the world's largest urban forests is under threat from a tiny beetle.
The polyphagous shot hole borer is thought to have made its way to Johannesburg from Southeast Asia on packing crates or through the trade in plant materials.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine and elsewhere in the country are asking residents to be on the lookout for the destructive Asian longhorned beetle this month.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says August is the best time of the year to check trees for the invasive pest, which destroys trees. The beetles can cause branches to drop from trees, and worsen storm damage.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A new project has been approved to strengthen the Black Hills National Forest's resilience to natural threats despite objections from conservation groups who say it'll lead to over-logging.
To some casual observers, ladybugs (or lady beetles) are colorful symbols of good luck — harbingers of fortune and fame. Gardeners value them for their utility as ravenous insects that prey upon plant pests. They buy them by the hundreds online or from garden centers, and then free them to hunt.
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — A woman traveling from Iraq to a Detroit-area airport was found to be carrying seeds infested with an invasive beetle.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says in a release Thursday that agriculture specialists discovered the Khapra beetles Nov. 23 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus. They were in a bag of seeds the woman planned to sow in her garden.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Southern pine beetle has returned to South Carolina.
David Jenkins with the South Carolina Forestry Commission told The Post and Courier of Charleston that entire forests have been taken down by pine beetles in the past.
NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — Lou Perrotti stands up for the members of the animal kingdom that humans tend to forget.
As the director of conservation programs at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, he's a champion of the not-so-cute and fluffy.
And one of his favorite critters is the American burying beetle, a critically endangered species once found across the country, spread through 35 states. Now, the only place on the East Coast with a natural population is Block Island in Rhode Island.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bark beetle epidemic wiped out swaths of pinon trees around Santa Fe more than a decade ago, and now new research predicts that warming winters could spell more trouble.
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Miami University is attempting to save some of its most iconic ash trees on its idyllic southwest Ohio campus from the destructive emerald ash borer.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — An invasive species of beetle called the emerald ash borer has been found in another city outside Boulder.
The Daily Camera reports Boulder County foresters found a dead adult borer in a trap on public property in Superior, the sixth city in Colorado where it's been discovered.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The invasive and destructive emerald ash borer has spread to Vermont's capital city and officials say people should prepare for most of Montpelier's ash trees dying.
Sioux Falls sees increase in arborist applications
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls has seen an uptick in the number of permit applications for arborists and tree-trimming companies after the invasive emerald ash borer was discovered in the city.
Sioux Falls using wasps to slow emerald ash borer
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls will soon unleash a new opponent in the fight against an invasive insect species that's expected to destroy more than 80,000 trees in the area over the next decade.
Rhode Island braces for pine beetle attack
CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Environmental officials in Rhode Island are preparing for an attack from a pine-killing beetle.
The Providence Journal reports the southern pine beetle has travelled north as the climate warms. Scientists first discovered the species in the state in 2015.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A beetle that has killed millions of acres of pines in southern forests is munching its way north, and new research suggests its tree-killing prowess could be magnified in cooler climes.
MADAWASKA, Maine (AP) — A destructive forest pest that has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in many states has been found in northern Maine.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the emerald ash borer had not previously been found in the state despite aggressive searches. The agency says the beetle, which is originally from Asia, has been found in more than 30 additional states since its discovery in Michigan in 2002.
Reports of southern pine beetle infestations came in from all across Connecticut in 2015, especially in the western part of the state.
But it seems the southern invader — considered the most economically destructive insect in the South — has been kept at bay since then, with only a handful of the beetles found in traps set out by the state these past two summers. New traps will be set out in a week or so, around the same time the dogwoods bloom.
The emerald ash borer beetle will not get the last laugh this time.
The gnawing beetles, which have invaded the United States from their native Asia in recent years, infected about 70 ash trees along the Susquehanna River levee trail, killing many of them, according to the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority.
The authority removed the dead and infected trees last year, according to Christopher Belleman, the authority’s executive director.