Michigan wants residents to look out for Asian longhorned beetle

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials are asking people to examine trees around their homes, neighborhoods and parks for signs of the Asian longhorned beetle.

The insect is an invasive species that spends most of its life cycle eating through the insides of trees.

Agriculture and natural resources officials say Wednesday that the beetle infests maple, birch, elm, willow, buckeye, horse chestnut and other hardwood trees.

The adult beetles are large and shiny black with white blotches or spots. Their six legs can be black or partly blue. Their antennae are long with alternating black and white segments.

There are no known infestations of Asian longhorned beetle in Michigan. It doesn’t move long distances on its own, but can be transported in firewood.

August is national Tree Check Month.

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