The Latest: Crews battle 3 wildfires in Colorado
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on Colorado wildfires (all times local):
A lightning-caused wildfire in southern Colorado is being allowed to burn trees killed by beetles or...
Great Smoky Mountain park rangers release rolling poop video
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has issued an unusual video, alerting people to watch for rolling poop.
The park says on its Facebook page that the tumblebug...
Ash-tree killing pest is spreading in Grand Isle County
ALBURG, Vt. (AP) — The state says an ash tree-killing pest found in some areas of the Vermont is spreading in Grand Isle County.
Vermont's agriculture agency and the state's Department of...
Tree-destroying beetle confirmed in a Colorado county
DENVER (AP) — A tree-killing beetle has been confirmed in a Colorado city despite preventative efforts.
The Denver Post reports that the Colorado State Forest Service announced the first...
Invasive emerald ash borer found in Virginia county
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia forestry officials have confirmed the spread of a highly invasive, destructive insect to another central Virginia county.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — State and federal authorities are asking Mainers to keep an eye on trees this month for the Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive pest.
Endangered list sought for firefly with double-green flash
BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) — Peering through the darkness under the faint light of a peach-colored moon, wildlife biologist Jason Davis spots a telltale green flash in the bushes.
Tiny beetles munch through endangered songbird habitat
CLARKDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Johnson treks along an Arizona riverbank and picks out a patch of yellow-tinged tamarisks. He sweeps a cloth net across the trees, hoping to scoop up beetles that...
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Officials say an invasive beetle discovered a year ago in Vermont is chomping its way through trees in northern and central parts of the state.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State officials are looking for help collecting an insect that attacks an invasive plant.
The state Departments of Agriculture and Trust Lands as well as several county...
Avalanche debris could attract beetle threat
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Avalanche debris in Colorado's high country could provide fresh breeding grounds for the forest-destroying bark beetle, but a U.S. Forest Service supervisor says there's little...
Ash tree-killing pest found in 6th Vermont county
BRISTOL, Vt. (AP) — An ash tree-killing pest has been found in a sixth Vermont county.
Vermont Public Radio reports that the emerald ash borer was discovered in a tree in the town of Bristol...
Conservationists say endangered beetle species found in Ohio
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.
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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.
Volunteers plant trees in Racine park damaged by ash borer
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.
US wildlife officials propose downlisting endangered beetle
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,...
Beetles create risk of falling trees at 2 Alaska campgrounds
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.
Ladybug, where have you gone? Aphid fighters tend to roam
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.