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Asian Long Horned Beetle - local infestation! (April 15, 2012)
The first infestation of the Asian Long Horned Beetle in this country was only recently recorded in Paddock Wood, Kent. This non-native species is a major threat to broadleafed woodland causing damage to trees such as Maple, Elm, Horse Chestnut, Willow, Poplar, Birch and even fruit trees.
Adult beetles are very distinctive. They're large in size, black with variable white markings and antennae which are up to twice the body length. More information can be found on the Forestry website - see link below. If you think you've seen one of these beetles please notify FERA (Food & Environment Research Agency Plant Health Helpline) on 0844 248 0071 immediately.
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