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Beetle Released to Save Hemlock Trees in Kentucky

December 24th, 2015

Beetle Released to Save Hemlock Trees in Kentucky

Predatory beetles have been released into the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky in an effort to save its hemlock trees.

The U.S. Forest Service released the beetles on Tuesday on the forestland in Laurel County. The beetles are natural predators for hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect that has devastated hemlock forests throughout the eastern U.S.

The beetles only eat the adelgids and will help control the invasive insect threats in the state of Kentucky (has more than 83 million eastern hemlock trees).

As the beetles continue to eat away the hemlock woolly adelgid, the number of beetles will also decrease since the food source will be diminishing.

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