Invasive SpeciesAsian long horned beetle

Anoplophora glabripennis
NOT FOUND by 61jc1011
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by pparent
Peer reviewed by 61rh141
Field Notes
White Spotted Sawyer Are there any Asian Longhorn Beetles in or around Limerick Maine? We were outside looking for any invasive species. Then we found a bug that closely resembled the Asian Longhorn Beetle. We are doing this because we want to help scientists track, locate and observe invasive species in Maine. The organism was found on a swing set in a park, Limerick Park, near woodland area, including pine and maple trees. We were bicycling through the park when we found the bug. Our sampling method was just walking around and looking. When we saw the bug we stuck it in a bottle along with some pine and grass. The ecosystem is at Limerick Park, on the South Western side. It was on a swing set, near a forest. Abiotic Factors Time of Day: 4:12 pm Temperature: 18˚c Humidity: 78% Sunlight: High, cloudless day Soil Moisture: Very wet, saturated Had recently finished raining, so you could smell wet grass. The air was humid, worms were out, and the ground was soaked. The birds were out, and chirping. The insect is suspected to be a herbivore, it has been kept in a bottle with pine, and has eaten away most of the bark. There is no water in the bottle, besides what was on the grass, the bug is still alive and it’s new habitat in the bottle hasn’t been touched in five days. We are assuming the population is large, three of the beetles were found in the same spot. The bug looked like an Asian Longhorn Beetle, at first. After further inspection we determined that the insect is really a White Spotted Sawyer. To be more specific a female White Spotted Sawyer. It had antenna the length of its body, a white spot at the base of its neck. It has multiple white spots across its back. A hard shell above the wings. -61rh141 was partnering in this project
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
The Asian Longhorn Beetle has very prominent white flecks across its antennas, and this insect (suspected White Spotted Sawyer) has very faint flecks across its antenna
Photo of my evidence.
The Asian Longhorn Beetle has blue/white legs, and this insects is gray/black.
Photo of my evidence.
The Asian Longhorn beetle doesn't have a white spot at the base of the neck like this one does.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I did not find it
Scientific name:
Anoplophora glabripennis
Common name:
Asian long horned beetle
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.699726 °
W -70.784000 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
Limerick Park
Trip date: 
Thu, 2012-05-24 11:16
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
Saco River


Thanks for submitting your observation and providing those great photos, and drawing! You are correct - that is the whitespotted sawyer, which is very active right now. The Asian longhorned beetle (which doesn't have that white dot at the base of the wing covers) is not expected to become active until late July. July and August are good months to be extra vigilant for the ALB. Also, the ALB wouldn't be happy with pine needles and bark. It likes broad-leaved trees, especially maple. I hope you didn't get too many mosquito bites. Karen

Thank you for looking through our work, and the compliment on the sketch and pictures :)

good job partner I love the work you did an amazing sketch

Thanks :)