Content tagged with "invasive species"

Alien Teeth

I recently received some interesting photos of a “jawbone with teeth” found by a Missourian who was out searching for shed deer antlers. More

Armadillos in Missouri

These scaly, armored mammals are moving northward. Learn more about armadillos in Missouri by downloading the .pdf version of the Missouri Conservationist article. More

Asian Carp Cleaning

Vince Travnichek and Jackson Landers prepare Asian carp for cooking.
Vince Travnichek and Jackson Landers are using an electric knife and a filet knife to prepare carp for cooking. More

Asian Carp Control

Because black, silver carp and bighead carp are non-native Asian fish that can cause big problems, it's illegal to use them as live bait in Missouri. Keep them from spreading to your favorite sport-fishing water. More

Asian Long-Horned Beetle Control

Photo of Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive forest pest
These invasive beetles kill hardwood trees. Learn to identify their signs and help keep them out of Missouri. More

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Photo of an Asian longhorned beetle male, specimen
Anoplophora glabripennis
Learn how to identify this invasive, potentially devastating insect! An unwanted arrival from Asia that's now living in parts of the United States, the Asian longhorned beetle could destroy millions of acres of American hardwoods. Report any sightings immediately. More

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Photo of Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive forest pest
As of August 2011, this invasive Asian beetle has not been found in Missouri. Left undetected, the tunneling of this insect will cause trees to wither and die. If you think you have found an Asian longhorned beetle in Missouri, please report it as quickly as possible. More

Asian Longhorned Beetle (Adult Male)

Photo of an Asian longhorned beetle male, specimen
The invasive Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) is shiny black with white spots. The antennae are long and have alternating bands of black and white. The antennae are usually 1 to 2 times greater than the length of the body. The upper sections of the legs are whitish to blue. The ALB should not be confused with the cottonwood borer, a native longhorned beetle, which has a more even mix of black and white patterns on its body and has solid black antennae. More

Asian Longhorned Beetle Larva

Photo of an Asian longhorned beetle larva, held in someone's fingers
ALB larvae are yellowish-white, wormlike, cylindrical, and fleshy, with a varied texture on the underside. While young, larvae tunnel beneath the bark and feed on the inner bark of tree branches and trunk. As they grow, they tunnel deeper into the sapwood. The preferred trees of this invasive species include nearly all our maple species, as well as horsechestnut, black locust, elms, birches, willows, poplars, and green ash. More

Asian Longhorned Beetle Pupa

Photo of Asian longhorned beetle pupa inside gallery in wood
The pupae of Asian longhorned beetles are off-white to light brown and resemble an immature version of the adult with legs and antennae compressed against the body. The Asian longhorned beetle was most likely transported to the United States as pupae and larvae hidden within the wood of pallets and crates. More