Beetle Busters

Beetle Busters The Asian longhorned beetle ALB has made news across the United States These beetles came to America from China living in wood turned into shipping material At first the beetles invaded urban areas

  • Title: Beetle Busters
  • Author: Loree Griffin Burns Ellen Harasimowicz
  • ISBN: 9780547792675
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Asian longhorned beetle ALB has made news across the United States These beetles came to America from China, living in wood turned into shipping material At first the beetles invaded urban areas, where hardwood trees were in limited supply Chicago was able to declare itself ALB free in 2006 But right now there is bad news in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, anThe Asian longhorned beetle ALB has made news across the United States These beetles came to America from China, living in wood turned into shipping material At first the beetles invaded urban areas, where hardwood trees were in limited supply Chicago was able to declare itself ALB free in 2006 But right now there is bad news in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Toronto infestations have erupted in the area s hardwood forests, and these beetles, while bad at flying, are very good at killing trees Clint McFarland s job Stop the ALB at any cost How do you balance the needs of residents, the impact to the environment, and an invasive species primed to wipe out entire forests It takes the help of everyday people, such as children playing baseball at a playground, teams of beetle sniffing dogs, and science minded people bug scientists and tree doctors to eradicate this invasive pest.

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    • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer says:

      How interesting can a book about beetles be? That's what I thought when I picked up this book even though it's part of the Scientists in the Field series, which I love. Well, the book grabbed me right from the beginning because the Asian Longhorned Beetle is an invasive species here in the northeast threatening millions of hardwood trees, maybe even the ones in my back yard. The ALB originated in China. To control the infestation the Chinese cut down the trees, but, rather than sending the wood [...]

    • Mary says:

      Another well-researched book in the Scientists in the Field series. The photographs and text do an excellent job in explaining how the Asian longhorned beetle is seriously impacting North American hardwood forests and what is being done to curtail the damage. This is a great example of effective narrative nonfiction. Although the author lives in the middle of an infestation and has personal concerns about some of the issues involved, the information is presented in an objective manner that will [...]

    • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) says:

      Beetle Busters captures the incredibly complex issues of how a small beetle, hardwood trees, and community residents all have a starring role in how the needs and health of the environment often require difficult decisions to be made.

    • Becky B says:

      Burns relates the discovery of Asian Longhorn Beetles in the United States, explains why they are a threat, focuses on the efforts to eradicate and study the beetle in Worcester, MA a few years ago, and the recovery process of the areas devastated by this infestation.A good book for those studying invasive species or primary and secondary growth patterns. Not the best Scientist in the Field book I've read, but it certainly isn't bad. And it is one that talks about an insect that is more likely t [...]

    • Aliza Werner says:

      Love the series SCIENTIST IN THE FIELD! Fascinating look into the beetle world.

    • Emily Garrison says:

      This is a nonfiction book with amazing photography. It focuses on the Asian Longhorned Beetle from China and how it has invaded the United States. Years ago, China planted poplar trees from the US to help rebuild their forests but found that a beetle in China loved the poplars and eventually killed them all. Then, people in China built things out of the wood that the beetles had killed including pallets which are shipped world-wide. The beetles are affecting heavily treed areas of the US and are [...]

    • Savannah says:

      The book "Beetle Busters" focuses on the Asian long-horned beetle also referred to as ALB's, their processes of life, and their journey to the United States that likely occurred through a crate or wooden pallet transported from Asia to the U.S. The author describes this destructive beetle, the havoc it has caused on trees in New York, and the work that researchers and scientists are performing in order to annihilate the species. "Beetle Busters" is a very interesting book, that provides rich det [...]

    • Kirsten says:

      Was cutting those trees the right thing to do?If cutting trees in one community today would save the trees in your backyard tomorrow, would it be worth it?Would you feel the same way if you lived in that community and the trees being cut down were the only ones in your neighborhood?Beetle Busters is a narrative nonfiction book for middle-grade students about the Asian Longhorned Beetle, focusing specifically on its infestation of Worcester, Massachusetts. Native to China, these beetles first gre [...]

    • Charles says:

      From the time that humans started traveling the world, invasive species have been a problem, causing enormous environmental damage. The species range from the fungus that destroyed chestnut trees in the eastern United States to the red imported fire ant that causes an estimated $5 billion worth of damage in the United States each year to the giant Burmese pythons that are systematically killing all the small game in the Florida Everglades.This book is about the Asian long horned beetle (ALB) and [...]

    • Chelsea Couillard-Smith says:

      Budding scientists will be drawn into this true story of the quest to contain an invasive species. The Asian long horned beetle (ALB) has spread across the globe by traveling in wood used for shipping containers. In the United States, small urban infestations of this destructive insect have been quickly contained, but recently the ALB has begun to threaten large swaths of the northeastern hardwood forests. This engaging entry in the Scientists in the Field series follows the team of scientists a [...]

    • Bunny says:

      ***ORIGINALLY POSTED ON WEAREWORDNERDS***My Thoughts:I enjoy this series and I suspect young science enthusiasts will as well.With Beetle Busters, we learn about the damage this particular beetle causes in hardwood forests and follow a team as they try to contain the infestation. The book is full of full-color photos which makes the “sciency” talk a little easy to follow for those of us not so “sciency”. In this book, children will learn about the insect (and eggs, etc) as well as the da [...]

    • Linda says:

      Ever since the book about the vanishing little brown bat I've been hooked on these books about Scientists In The Field. They're filled with useful information, interesting to read and try to apply the learning to other problems specific to our own area, also to figure out what problems may be as close as the neighborhood. If you lived in Worcester, Massachusetts, you would understand, because the work there to help track and destroy this beetle is there. The beetle was moved from Asia because of [...]

    • Caterpickles says:

      Over the summer, the city cut down five of the ash trees on our street. They had become infested with the emerald ash borer. Turns out ash trees all over Chicago are falling prey to this invasive species. Last year, the Chicago Park District cut down and replaced more than 100 ash trees along the Midway Plaisance. According to this November 2014 article in the Hyde Park Herald, the Chicago Park District expects all of the ash trees under its care to become infested with the ash borer within the [...]

    • Marcia says:

      This was surprisingly engrossing! It is the story of the Asian long horned beetle infestation and the scientists in the field working hard to prevent the ALB from wiping out the forests of the U.S. We learn how the ALB came to the U.s. from China (wooden shipping pallets), its life cycle, and a focused look at the impact to Worcester, MA where it was found. I had no idea of the scope of the problem, I only knew it was the reason I can't bring outside firewood when I go camping! Mind-boggling how [...]

    • Kayla says:

      Beetle BustersAuthor: Loree Griffin BurnsPhotographs by: Ellen Harasimowicz This book is written about the opportunity to learn about the beetle, the forest it threatens, and the interaction between the two. Beetles prey on trees and this book takes a look at the life of a beetle and the people who track them. Beetles can cause severe damage to an entire forest and can kill a tree or weaken it to the point of collapse. The book would be very useful for a student doing a project on the beetle. Th [...]

    • Pat says:

      Beetle Busters is an in depth look at the Asian long-horned beetle's infestation of the Eastern hardwood forest. The explanation of the color difference within tree growth rings is superb; a wide band of lightly colored springwood grows next to a thinner, darker band of summerwood. The story shows how the beetle traveled from northern China to the United States in wooden pallets and shipping crates - 6 times. Detailed maps illustrate the ALB infestations in North America. Scientists discuss the [...]

    • Becky says:

      A fascinating book about the fight against the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) in the United States. The ALB came to the U.S. in shipping pallets made from the trees they were laid in as eggs. They spend the egg, larva, and pupa stages of their life cycle inside trees, eating them from the inside out. The only way to get rid of them is to cut down the tree they are inhabiting and shred it into tiny pieces. This presents the problem: the only way to save trees in an infected area is to cut down tre [...]

    • Heidi says:

      I had known about the ALB before reading this book, but know I understand it so much more! Even my daughters, ages 6 and 9 enjoyed hearing and perusing this book. We have had some exposure to the ALB problem in our home state of Maine and the girls are now exited to do their part this summer when we are hiking and camping in the wonderful state we live in. It is a great piece to introduce the concept of invasive species and how nature creates a natural balance until humans interfere like this. M [...]

    • Judy Desetti says:

      Fascinating! A good read for kids or anyone. Interesting narrative nonfiction about the Asian Longhorned Beetle. This is in the seriesScientists in the Field. AR 7.3, Lexile 1100, 64 pages so a bit longer and more for middle grades. But I think it would be a good read aloud for younger kids. Recommend

    • Sarah says:

      I love the "Scientists in the Field" series, and this is another excellent addition to it. This author and photographer have combined talents to make the Asian long horned beetle a fascinating creature and to show readers the kind of work that scientists do when they are committed to protecting our forests.

    • Samantha says:

      I love the Scientist in the Field series and this one was no different. This book also hits close to home, because it takes place in Worcester, MA. I hope it will inspire people to look at the trees in our area and make sure they are not infested.

    • Jennifer Heise says:

      This is an interesting book, but I think that the length/target audience is a mismatch for the the subject. If you are interested in why moving firewood is banned, this would be a good place to start-- but I can't imagine that it would be interesting to tweens who would be attracted to the format.

    • Kellee says:

      Review at: unleashingreaders/?p=5561The "Scientists in the Field" books are interesting, have phenomenal illustrations, and makes the stories they are sharing accessible to their readers.

    • Bethe says:

      Love the subtitle: rouge insect! Great layout, uncluttered and clean, clear captions, photos with kids getting involved, extensive back matter. Love this series - so many potential career ideas for kids interested in science.

    • Brenda Kahn says:

      Another spectacular entry in an outstanding series. Great photos, interesting text, the inclusion of citizen scientists and sniffer dogs (who knew?) as well as information for further reading. Automatic purchase for me.

    • Karen says:

      This book documents the epic battle between rogue beetles and the scientists who hunt them. :)

    • Kim says:

      Very interesting. Great pictures. Easy to read. I enjoy all of the Scientists in the Field books.

    • Joellen Mccarthy says:

      Fascinating #nf "where science meets adventure" another great addition to the scientists in the field series. Wwwiencemeetsadventure Loved the inspiring author's notes too.

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