Norwalk Tree Alliance Hosts Talk On ‘Beetle Blitz’

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The emerald ash borer has been spotted in 16 Connecticut communities.
The emerald ash borer has been spotted in 16 Connecticut communities. Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Marven Moss

NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Tree Alliance will present a report on the “Beetle Blitz” that threatens Connecticut’s hardwood forests at 5 p.m. July 17 at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Ave.

Entomologist Katherine Dugas, who studies insects, will be the speaker. She works for the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, which has tracked the infestations of the emerald ash borer and Asian longhorn beetle since they first were discovered in 2012.

Only the borer has shown up in Connecticut so far, in 16 communities in the westernmost counties, including Sherman in north Fairfield County. It also has been spotted in Worcester, Mass., 35 miles from the Connecticut border. That prompted a quarantine on firewood importation.

“The rapid spread of both these forest pests can be prevented by both early detection and by limiting the long-distance movement of the firewood,” Dugas said.

“The talk will provide an overview of the history and biology of the insects, how to identify them, the host trees and how the public can prevent the spread of destructive forest invaders.”

For more information, email Dan Landau, president of the Norwalk Tree Alliance, at ntact@ymail.com.

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