The Asian Longhorn Beetle is an invasive wood boring insect that feeds on a variety of hardwoods including maple, birch, elm, ash, poplar, horsechestnut, and willow. This beetle, native to China and Korea has been spotted in areas across the Northeastern US, in states from Massachusetts to Ohio. The species has a foothold in areas of New York, posing a threat to the health of our state’s trees.

While the beetle has not yet been spotted in Upstate New York, it is important to be informed about the species so it can be quickly stamped out if it emerges.

The Asian Longhorn Beetle

The Victor Farmington Library is hosting a free talk with entomologist Gene Binder, a dedicated warrior in the fight against the beetle. Binder will show how to spot the beetle and what precautions can be taken if the beetle arrives. The meeting will be on Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:30 PM in the library’s Study Room.