The Longhorned beetle looks pretty scary upclose but it is beautuful nonetheless. But it is a pest and should be eradicated.
It may look like a satanic baddie from a science fiction film, but in fact this is a Longhorned beetle from the Dominican Republic. Appearing to peer intently into the camera, it is a frightening sight – and one America has been warned to look out for. It has been named as public enemy number one (in the insect world, at least) by the U.S. government. Its four centimetre long antenna are almost as long as the bug’s body as it stands fearless with its devil like red eyes.
It is an invasive insect that feeds on 13 different types of hardwood trees, eventually killing them. Since 1996, the pest has infested trees in Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Ohio, resulting in the removal of more than 80,000 host trees. It threatens recreational areas, forests, and suburban and urban shade trees.
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