Have you seen this beetle?

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is encouraging Virginia residents to be on the lookout for a destructive beetle.

The Asian longhorned beetle has not yet been spotted in Virginia, but it has the potential to destroy millions of acres of hardwoods, including maple, birch, elm, willow, ash and poplar trees, among others. The beetle is slow to spread on its own during the early stages of an infestation, so early detection and reporting is critical to containing it. People also can help the effort by not moving firewood, which can transport the beetle hidden beneath the bark, to new areas.

The beetle has no natural enemies here. Since its discovery in the U.S. in 1996, it has led to the loss of more than 160,000 trees in forests, parks and neighborhoods. Once infested, trees will die and need to be removed.

To minimize further spread of the beetle, VDACS advises residents who see signs of the beetle to document, capture and report the insect to VDACS or the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

The beetle (pictured) has distinctive markings that are easy to recognize, including:

• long antennae with black and white bands, longer than the insect’s body;

• a shiny, jet black body, about 1 to 1.5 inches long, with white spots;

• six legs with possible bluish-colored feet.

Signs of ALB infestation include:

• perfectly round exit holes, about the size of a dime or smaller, in tree trunks and branches;

• shallow oval or round scars in the bark, where the adult beetle has chewed an egg sit;

• sawdust-like material, called frass, on the ground around the tree or in the ALB exit holes found in the tree trunk and branches;

• dead branches or limbs falling from an otherwise healthy-looking tree.

If you see signs of the Asian longhorned beetle, make note of what you found, where you saw it and (if possible) take a photo. Try to capture the insect, then place it in a container and freeze it. Doing so will preserve it for easy identification by the USDA.

To report a potential infestation of the beetle, contact VDACS at (804) 786-3515 or USDA at (866) 702-9938 or complete USDA’s online form.

For details, visit http://www.AsianLonghornedBeetle.com and http://www.HungryPests.com or contact VDACS at (804) 786-3515 or your local Extension Service office.
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Reynolds CC dedicates student center

Reynolds Community College recently celebrated the dedication of the Jerry and Mary Owen Student Center, named for longtime supporters of the college who have made numerous investments in it.

Jerry Owen served on the Reynolds College Board from 1984 to 1988, and he and his wife support the college’s scholarship fund and created an endowment for the Reynolds Middle College, which helps students earn a high school equivalency and transition into a degree or workforce credential program. > Read more.

Capital One sponsors ‘Coders Experience’

Capital One hosted its “Coders Experience” event in Richmond and a number of other state locations Oct. 14. The events attracted hundreds of middle school girls, who learned how to create their own mobile apps, hone problem-solving skills and gain software development knowledge. A second day of Coders Experience events will take place Oct. 21. More than 500 Capital One volunteers are participating in the 10 events. > Read more.

Hermitage band member named All-American

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Presented by American Family Insurance Selection Tour will visit Hermitage H.S. Oct. 19 to recognize Truman Chancy as a 2018 U.S. Army All-American. Hermitage High School will honor Chancy before his classmates, bandmates, family and friends at the high school’s band room during band practice, and he will be presented with his honorary All-American Marching Band jacket. > Read more.

Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: Oct. 16, 2017

This week, Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers is asking for the public to assist the Richmond Police Department in the identification of wayward artists that were using buildings as their canvas.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, four people were recorded on security cameras vandalizing multiple properties in the area of the 2500 blocks of West Main Street and Floyd Avenue. The suspects (pictured) were walking north on Robinson Street and spray painting the properties as they meandered along. > Read more.

Slipping through

Hermitage quarterback Jay Carney escapes defenders during the Panthers' 33-0 win against Godwin Friday night. Hermitage is 8-0 and has won its past four games by a combined score of 172-28. > Read more.

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