10 days after people, Asian Long-horned beetles are attacking the trees in New York City’s Central Park. The beetle arrived in New York from China in the 1990’s stowed away in cargo. Fungus in the beetle’s larvae’s stomachs helps convert wood into energy and once they infest a tree they start boring along the length of the branches. They create dime-sized holes all along the length of the tree. This causes the tree to be severely weakened and in a strong wind an infested tree could just topple. Now, without humans to curtail the infestation, the Asian Long-horned beetles easily infest the trees in Central Park. However they are still being preyed on by woodpeckers, rodents and spiders.

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