Scientists Discover Deadly Beetle from Asia at Rutland School

A beetle has been discovered by Scientists at a Rutland school, which is said to be dangerous to the UK's local plants.

Found at Langham Church of England Primary close to Oakham, Rutland, this citrus longhorn beetle, demolishes broadleaved plants and bushes. Also, the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) says that an outburst can wreck forests and the whole agricultural industry.

The agency said that it seldom happens that the beetle is inadvertently imported with the trees, and it is hard to discover them, as they take around four years to develop.

Therefore, masses are being requested to inform the agency if they happen to notice these black insects that have long antennae with white markings. The adult beetle lays eggs under woof and is about 20mm to 40mm (1.5 inches) in length.

Derek McCann from the Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate said, "To rule out the existence of an established colony of this pest we need to look at all possible host plants within a 100m radius of the original finding, including private gardens”.

Meanwhile, this year, in Haydock, Merseyside and Hastings, East Sussex, two more findings were accounted and it came to surface that in both the cases the beetles came from Japanese maple (Acer palmatum).