Bug Expert Shows Off Dangers Posed By Invasive Species In Connecticut

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Katherine Dugas, entomologist from the Connecticut Agriculture Experimental Station in New Haven, holds an enlarged image of the emerald ash borer.
Katherine Dugas, entomologist from the Connecticut Agriculture Experimental Station in New Haven, holds an enlarged image of the emerald ash borer. Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Marven Moss

NORWALK, Conn. – Katherine Dugas, an entomologist from the Connecticut Agriculture Experimental Station in New Haven, talked about the dangers of invasive beetles and ash borers at a public meeting at Norwalk City Hall.

The ash borer, she said, is a danger to Connecticut’s hardwood forests.

The ash borers are about a half-inch in size, and they have already been detected in Newtown, Shelton and Sherman, all towns in Fairfield County. The beetles have been found in Worcester, Mass., which is only 35 miles from the Connecticut border. This has led to a quarantine on imported firewood.

Anyone who spots either of these insects should notify the entomology department at the Agriculture Department at 203-874-8604.

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