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Fri December 7, 2012

Beetles Released to Attack Hemlock Pest in Vermont

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid
Credit Courtesy Vermont Department of Forest Parks and Recreation

Nearly 400 small black beetles have been released onto four Vermont hemlock trees near the Massachusetts state line to feed off an insect that's been destroying the trees.

The trees in Pownal are infested by the woolly adelgid. The plan is for the beetles to reproduce, spread and control the adelgid population. The beetle, a native of the Pacific northwest, eats nothing but adelgids.

The Bennington Banner reports the trees are on property owned by Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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