The Country’s Most Dangerous Beetles

Invasive beetles of various colors and sizes have infiltrated U.S. forests, despite efforts by government experts

(Scott Bauer / USDA)


Asian longhorned beetle
(Maura McCarthy)

Native to: China, Korea and Japan
Attacks: Hardwood tree species, including maple, birch, poplar and elm
First discovered in the United States: In August 1996 in Brooklyn, New York
Currently found in: Worcester, Massachusetts; New York City; New Jersey
Has been eradicated from: Chicago, Illinois


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