Archive for August 13, 2013
The ecological history of the U.S. has been dotted with epidemics destroying large segments of the populations of certain tree species. Currently, ash trees are under threat of decimation, thanks to the arrival of the emerald ash borer, first discovered in southeastern Michigan in 2002. Thought to have come on a shipment of ash wood from a foreign country, emerald ash borers are rapidly infecting millions of ash trees across the U.S.
What Are Emerald Ash Borers?
Emerald ash borers are dark metallic green insects with coppery red or purple abdomens beneath their wings. They feed on the inner bark of ash trees, keeping the tree from transporting the necessary water and nutrients for its survival.
Where Do They Come From?
Now that they’ve made their way to the conti