Alert for sightings of the Asian Longhorn Beetle

Martin Harvey's picture

The GB Non-Native Species Secretariat has asked us to pass on the message below - this species hasn't been observed on iSpot so far, and we hope it is one that you won't find in the UK, but given the potential damage that could be caused if it were to become established it is certainly one to look out for.

An outbreak of the Asian longhorn beetle (ALB), Anoplophora glabripennis, an exotic beetle pest which could have severe consequences for British trees, has been found in Kent the Food and Environment Research Agency confirmed today. This is the first time an outbreak of this pest has been found in the UK and it is being treated extremely seriously. Fera and the Forestry Commission are taking urgent steps to try to eradicate the outbreak before it has the chance to spread further afield.

We need everyone to be alert for this very distinctive species. If you suspect you have seen an Asian longhorn beetle, or evidence of its presence, please contact the Fera Plant Health Helpline 0844 2480071 or email planthealth.info [AT] fera.gsi.gov.uk. If possible, the beetle should be caught and placed in a secure container so that an Inspector can collect it. The beetles are not harmful to humans, though they should be handled with caution as they can nip the skin.

For more information please follow these links.

Fera Press Release:
http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/showNews.cfm?id=529
ALB Quarantine Identification card:
http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/publications/documents/QIC57.pdf
ALB Pest Alert: http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/plantHealth/pestsDiseases/asianLongh...
Q&A:
http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/plantHealth/pestsDiseases/asianLongh...

There is also some good information on this Italian site:
http://www.eppo.int/QUARANTINE/anoplophora_glabripennis/ANOLGL_IT.htm

Regards,
Verity Hunter
(Non-Native Species Secretariat)
https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/nonnativespecies/home/index.cfm