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A wood-chewing insect from China is the newest threat to North America's elms.

Slightly larger than a cockroach, the Asian longhorned beetle chews its way into the trunks of the trees where it lays its eggs. Eventually, the tree dies.

Although elms will be affected, the primary target of this insect are maples.  Loss of maple trees could have a considerable impact on the maple syrup industry.

Carried over from China in wooden skids, the beetle has made its presence felt in Chicago.  Officials have begun extensive efforts to control further spread.

Source: Globe and Mail  August 18, 1999


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