Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
Way back when those six trees were found with Asian longhorned beetles in a Jamaica Plain arboretum, a USDA spokesperson told us that they were probably Worcester beetles who hitched a ride in a car driving to a nearby hospital. Commenter Colin thought that was ridiculous. Turns out, Colin may have been right.
From the Telegram:
A genetic analysis of Asian longhorned beetles collected in Boston has failed to conclusively tie the invasive insects to an infestation in Worcester.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the Boston beetles showed genetic similarities to insects collected in Worcester. But the Boston beetles also were genetically similar to beetles found in New York and Asia.