Sunday, June 15, 2008

Video: Searching for emerald ash borer beetles

Here's another video I shot recently. It shows how a couple of Pennslyvania Department of Agriculture interns set traps for emerald ash borer beetles, which are an invasive bug that's killing trees in the midwest and has been found in a couple Pennsylvania counties. My favorite still photo from the shoot is below. 6/6/2008.

Emerald ash borer program surveyor Bethany Addis checks a net after sweeping the lower branches of an ash tree June 6 at Frontier Park in Erie. Addis, 24, who is an Edinboro University masters biology student, is interning with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture this summer. Her job this summer is to set an Ash Borer trap in every 1.5 square miles of Erie County for the invasive emerald ash borer, which has been found in ash trees in counties south of Erie. The beetle lays its eggs in the trees and the larve feed on the wood, eventually killing the tree. 6/6/2008.