Beetle Busters: A Rogue Insect and the People Who Track It

By BURNS, Loree Griffin

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ISBN
9780547792675
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Houghton Harcourt


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on January 1, 2015  |  Grades 5 and Up

Gr 5–9—They arrived unseen, burrowed in wooden pallets, spools, and crates, aboard ships from China. The first group spotted in the United States, in Brooklyn, NY, was contained, and quickly taken care of, but since then infestations have been discovered from Massachusetts to Illinois, and as far north as Canada. They're Asian longhorned beetles, pests with "powerful jaws and a taste for wood" and the frightening potential to eat their way through North American forests. Griffin takes readers alongside a team of de...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on October 1, 2014

From Asian carp to zebra mussels, invasive species can adversely affect our ecosystems and economy. Such is the case with the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) that threatens no less an ecosystem than "the entire northeastern hardwood forest." The destruction begins when the female ALB lays up to twenty-five eggs in individual pits she carves into a tree. Once hatched, each larva bores its way deeper into the tree and remains there, growing steadily for up to two years; eventually the adult beetle chews its way out ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2014

The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), an invasive species, threatens "the entire northeastern hardwood forest." In Worcester, Massachusetts, scientists and res...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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