Jamaica pond to be surveyed for invasive beetle

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larva Jamaica pond to be surveyed for invasive beetle

Volunteers will gather at Boston’s Jamaica Pond to look for signs of the Asian Longhorned Beetle, the invasive pest that has claimed thousands of trees in the Worcester area.

Sunday’s tree survey comes two months after a small beetle infestation was discovered on the grounds of nearby Faulkner Hospital in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood. While no evidence of additional infestation in Boston has been found since then, officials say there’s still a lot of ground to cover in the city.

The survey around Jamaica Pond is being conducted by the state Department of Agricultural Resources and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, which helps protect Boston parklands. More than 25,000 trees have been removed in central Massachusetts because of damage from the Asian Longhorned Beetle.

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