Bugs in the News 2 - Patrick Moore 4-24-07 Bugs in the News...

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Patrick Moore 4-24-07 Bugs in the News 2 On April 22, 2007, there was an article published in my hometown newspaper, The Press Republican, as well as on www.pressrepublican.com, concerning a problem with a special kind of wasp that has been infesting and killing thousands of pine trees in New York. The wasp has not made it all the way to my immediate hometown area, but it has infested 25 of New York’s counties as well as parts of southern Ontario, Quebec, and two Pennsylvania counties. The wasp in the article is the Sirex woodwasp, which is not a native insect to North America. It originally came from Europe, Asia and northern Africa and landed in North America by ways of wood packing materials. It has been identified correctly. Biologically, this wasp is a menace because it secretes a toxic mucus and fungus at the same time when females lay their eggs on pine trees. The toxin ultimately soaks through the bark and into the sapwood and infects the pine tree. The description of the insect in the article does not induce any kind of
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2008 for the course ENT 202 taught by Professor Hoover,kelli during the Spring '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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Bugs in the News 2 - Patrick Moore 4-24-07 Bugs in the News...

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