Ash Tree/Emerald Ash Borer

An invasive species of beetle devastates the native and beloved Ash Tree.

Ash Trees used to be all over the USA in abundance up until a few decades ago. This was when the Ash Borer was accidentally introduced into the United States. The adult Ash Borer beetles nibble on ash foliage, but cause little damage to the trees. However, the larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees. This disrupts the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients leading to stunting the growth and killing the tree. The larva leaves behind long meandering trails underneath the bark which causes the bark to fall off.

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