Citrus Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora chinensis, Cerambycidae)
The Citrus longhorn beetle is a serious invasive pest that is found in South East Asia. Although more of a horticultural than agricultural pest, it is worth inclusion as a response to the question. They can infest a very wide range of broadleaved trees and would be a major threat to horticulture and the wider environment if they became established. The larvae feed undetected on the inside of trees leaving them weakened and susceptible to further pest and disease damage. Most of the Citrus longhorn beetles that have been found to date in the UK, for example, have been associated with Japanese maple trees imported from China.
For my bonus points, in May 2010 the Standing Committee on Plant Health agreed to strengthen the EU’s protection against this pest, including a suspension of imports of maple trees from China, the main source of findings of the pest in the EU. Import requirements remain in place for all countries where the pest is known to be present (China, Japan, South-Korea, North Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Myanmar).
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
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