Viburnum Leaf Beetles invading Midwest

viburnum leaf beetle, Pyrrhalta viburni  (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)

Entomologist Gaylord Desurmont (Cornell) confirms that the European Viburnum Leaf Beetle is now attacking the relatedly named shrub species in Ohio. First detected in eastern Canada in 1947, the destructive insect became a U.S. resident during the 1990s, and its larval stage is hungrily chewing its way westward. Read more here.

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