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Asian Longhorned Beetle in Arkansas

Asian longhorned beetle is an invasive insect from Asia.  It has not been found in Arkansas yet; however, it could arrive at any time hidden in packing crates from Asia.  Asian longhorned beetle attacks and kills many of the hardwood trees that create Arkansas’ uniquely diverse wildlife habitat.  Successful eradication depends upon early detection.

Asian longhorned beetle

What is the Asian Longhorned Beetle?

  • A wood-boring insect that is not native to Arkansas
  • A beetle that feeds on many of the hardwood trees that are native to Arkansas
  • Asian longhorned beetle probably came to the US hidden in packing crates

Image: Melody Keena, USDA Forest Service,

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Male and female Asian longhorned beetles

What does the Asian Longhorned Beetle look like?

  • A large beetle, up to 1-1/2 inches long
  • Black and white banded antenna up to 4 inches long
  • A glossy black back with scattered white spots
  • Asian longhorned beetle has bluish tinged legs

Image: Michael Bohne,

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Don't Move Firewood campaign

Who spreads the Asian Longhorned Beetle?

  • Asian longhorned beetle spreads slowly by itself
  • The beetle usually spreads when people move infested firewood
  • It could be introduced to Arkansas in packing crates from overseas
  • APHIS continues to find Asian longhorned beetle at ports of entry to the US

Image: International Society of Arboriculture, International Society of Arboriculture,

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Asian longhorned beetle exit holes in a hardwood tree

What are the symptoms of an Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation?

  • Dead branches in the tree crown are a sign of Asian longhorned beetles
  • The beetles make ½-inch diameter holes in branches when they emerge
  • Wood dust on branches, bark, and the ground under a tree may indicate an infestation

Image: E. Richard Hoebeke, Cornell University,

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Examining a tree damaged by Asian longhorned beetle

How will the Asian Longhorned Beetle affect you?

  • Asian longhorned beetle degrades wildlife habitat by killing native hardwood trees
  • It kills ornamental trees such as maples, elm, ashes and birches in infested areas
  • If Asian longhorned beetle enters Arkansas it may destroy part of our hardwood timber resource

Image: Dennis Haugen, USDA Forest Service,

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Warning of tree removal due to Asian longhorned beetle infestation

What can we do about the Asian Longhorned Beetle?

  • Learn to recognize Asian longhorned beetle and the damage it causes
  • Learn how the Asian longhorned beetle might be brought to Arkansas
  • Don’t move firewood

Image: Thomas B. Denholm, New Jersey Department of Agriculture,

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Map of a so far uninfested Arkansas

Where is the Asian Longhorned Beetle?

  • Asian longhorned beetle currently is confined to a few northeastern states
  • It has been found in and successfully eradicated from several coastal ports around the U.S.


Learn how to look for longhorned beetle damage