The Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) is a wood borer native to China and other Asian countries. It is believed ALB was brought from China in wood crating or pallets used to ship cargo.
At a length of more than 1 inch, and antennae longer than that, the Asian Longhorned Beetle is a large wood boring insect. The antennae of ALB have white bands and the wing covers also have white spots on them.
Asian Longhorned Beetle was first discovered in 1996 in Brooklyn, NY. Two years later a second population of ALB was found in Chicago, IL. The most recent discovery of Asian Longhorned Beetle occured in 2010 in Jamaica Plain, MA.
Due to their size, adult beetles are poor fliers, generally flying a short distance to find a new tree to infest. Once an ALB population becomes established their spread is facilitated by the human movement of infested wood or tree parts to other areas. Since its introduction to the U.S. the Asian Longhorned Beetle has caused the destruction of thousands of trees.