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Chinese beetle considered threat to trees found in Baltimore port shipment

Chinese beetle considered threat to trees found in Baltimore port shipment

A beetle species native to Asia and considered a threat to U.S. forests was discovered in the Baltimore region for the first time last month, during an inspection of a Chinese shipping container at the port of Baltimore. The "longhorn" beetle species, known scientifically as Xylotrechus rufilius, is known to attack a wide range of orchard, forest and landscaping trees by boring holes in their trunks, eventually killing them, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A USDA entomologist identified the beetle last week. It was first spotted on Halloween in a container of ceramic tiles from China at the Baltimore Centralized Examination Station near the port by a U.S....

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