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Invasive Insects in Arkansas

Many insects from foreign lands have been brought to Arkansas accidentally in produce, cargo, and shipping containers.  Repeated finds of invasive insects at ports of entry demonstrate that we have not solved that problem.  A few invasive insects have been brough to the US research but have escaped into our environments.  Some of these insects have become invasive pests that devastate our natural environments and destroy our crops.

What insects cause problems for us?  What kind of problems do they cause?  What can we do about the problems these invasive insects cause?  The links below lead to information about an array of invasive insects.

 

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Asian longhorned beetle is an invasive insect from Asia.  It has not been found in Arkansas yet; however, it could arrive at any time hidden in packing crates.  Asian longhorned beetle attacks and kills many of the hardwood trees that create Arkansas’ uniquely diverse wildlife habitat.

Image: Melody Keena, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

Learn more about the Asian longhorned beetle
Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald ash borer is an invasive insect from Asia.  It was discovered in southwest Arkansas in 2014.  This pest kills essentially all of the ash trees it infests.  Ash, a valuable hardwood in our forests, will likely be all but eradicated from Arkansas.

Image: Debbie Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

Learn more about the emerald ash borer

Gypsy Moth

Gypsy Moth

Gypsy moth was introduced to the U.S. from Europe in 1868 in an effort to breed a better silk worm.  Some of the gypsy moths escaped and have been spreading toward Arkansas since then.  Arkansas has occasional confirmed reports of gypsy moth, most recently in the summer of 2012.

Image: USDA APHIS PPQ , USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org

Learn more about the gypsy moth

Additional Invasive Pests

Feral hog

Invasive Animals

If you are looking for information about invasive animals, go here.

 

Image: Clint Turnage, USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services

Thousand-cankers disease

Invasive Diseases

If you are looking for information about invasive diseases, go here.

 

Image: Ned Tisserat, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

Cogongrass Rhizome

Invasive Plants

If you are looking for information about invasive plants, go here.

 

Image: David Teem, Auburn University, Bugwood.org

 

Contacts

Dr. Tamara Walkingstick Dr. Rebecca McPeake
Tamara Walkingstick
2301 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR  72204-4940
501-671-2000
Rebecca McPeake
2301 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR  72204-4940
501-671-2000 
Dr. Jon Barry Dr. John Hopkins
Jon Barry
362 AR-174 N
Hope, AR  71801
870-777-9702  
John Hopkins
2301 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR  72204-4940
501-671-2000

 

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