University of Illinois Extension presents ‘Bug Invaders of the Foreign Kind’

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Invasive insects are a result of the movement of humans around the globe. Introductions of them into the United States have followed human migration and trade with other parts of the world. Many of our earliest invasive pests are of European origin, as were the first human immigrants in the 1600s.

Recent trade with Asian countries has brought invasive insects from that part of the world including emerald ash borer, Asian long-horned beetle, multicolored Asian lady beetle and brown marmorated stink bug.

The walnut twig beetle, which carries thousand cankers disease, has a different origin. It apparently moved from the Southwestern areas of the United states into other parts of the country, where the disease is killing black walnut trees.

These and other invasive insects will be addressed in the presentation “Bug Invaders of the Foreign Kind” by Phil Nixon, Extension entomologist with University of Illinois Extension. The program is open to the public at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 10 at the University of Illinois Extension Ogle County office at 421 W. Pines Road in Oregon. The cost is $5 per person.

The program will be held using the University of Illinois Extension telenet system. This statewide telenet program features a local PowerPoint slide presentation accompanied by the live voice of the instructor. It includes an opportunity to ask questions of the instructor.

This program is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension. For more information or to register, contact Lisa Valle, Extension program coordinator, at or (815) 732-2191.

Posted May 3, 2012

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