Invasive beetle spreads in Iowa


The purple bag is a trap for the Emerald Ash Borer. Photo by USDAgov, Flickr.
The purple bag is a trap for the Emerald Ash Borer. Photo by USDAgov, Flickr.

An invasive beetle that kills ash trees is spreading in Iowa.

The Emerald Ash Borer is native to East Asia. It lives on the outside of ash trees, and its larvae kill the trees through tunneling. This beetle is 100 percent fatal to ash trees, which are widespread in Iowa.

The Emerald Ash Borer was first identified in Allamakee County in 2010. Now, the beetle has been spotted in two other sports within the northeast county.

Read more about the findings here.

Find out more information about the beetle from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources here.