Common name: Asian Longhorned Beetle
Scientific name: Anoplophora glabriplennis
Hosts: Host trees include ash (Fraxinus), birch (Betula), elm (Ulmus), horse chestnut/buckeye (Aesculus), golden raintree (Koelreuteria), London planetree/sycamore (Platanus), katsura (Cercidiphyllum), maples (Acer), including boxelder, red, silver, and sugar maple, poplar (Populus), and willow (Salix).
This insect is native to parts of Asia. The Asian longhorned beetle is an insect that can do very serious damage and even kill trees while in its larval stage. It is believed that the beetle, while in the larval or pupal stage, was transported here in the wood of shipping crates from Asia. It was first discovered in the Ravenswood area of Chicago in 1998. In 2008, the Illinois Department of Agriculture announced that it had eradicated the pest in Chicago. Asian longhorned beetle occurs in other states and could return to Illinois in the future.
The adult Asian longhorned beetle is about 1 ¼ inches in length; glossy jet black with small white spots on its wing coverings. It has long antennae that are distinctly banded black and white. The antennae of the males are 2 1/2 times their body length, while the female antennae are 1 3/4 times their body length. Because they are heavy-bodied insects, they cannot fly great distances.