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I just read this article in the NYT about an infestation at West Point:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/13/science/13beetle.html

 

With this quote:

 

Joe Martens, the conservation department’s commissioner, said New York was now on the front line of the battle against the emerald ash borer. The state was trying to hold the line at the Hudson River, because “if it hops across the Hudson, all of New England is next,” he said.

 

Thing is, I've seen little brilliant emerald beetles on Dennings Point weekly while jogging in the early summer for years now, hundreds of them, they are fast and always flit away from you when they see you on the path. The DEC has a look-a-like chart:

 

http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/eablookalikes.pdf

 

But I still can't decide. They are so plentiful, I am certain I'm not the only person who has seen them. And they've also been there for a long time, so... maybe a false alarm. Does anyone else who frequents Dennings Point have any opinion on whether or not it is Emerald Ash Borers they have seen? I intend to report it to the DEC, I just wanted to get other people's opinions here first.

 

http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/72136.html

 

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Comment by Anna West on September 27, 2011 at 7:54pm

Last year, I saw DEC people checking out our trees. They told me they were looking for the holes. That you will see the holes quicker than the actual bug. They might have put bug catchers places, but that does not those bugs are here.

 

Comment by Ben Royce on September 27, 2011 at 4:38pm

Follow up:

 

Douglas Schmid just called me, he's with the DEC. He says what I see is probably not Emerald Ash Borer, they never appear in the hundreds like I've seen them. They are still intent on holding this at the Hudson River.

 

He says their New Paltz office has checked out Dennings Point recently because I'm not the only one who has emailed about it, and there isn't a lot of ash there.

 

He gave me a toll free number: 1-866-640-0652, said the department doesn't have a lot of resources, so it depends upon the public to make these reports. He says there is a lot of false alarms, but that's ok. That we should still report by phone or the DEC website if we suspect we've seen one of these.

 

Comment by Sannebear on September 16, 2011 at 8:00am
There's a monitoring trap on Depuyster and I've seen one near New Hamburg, just past the Nesting Doll House.
Comment by Ben Royce on September 16, 2011 at 1:04am

Nope! Didn't notice the traps. Looks like i'm behind the curve on this.

 

I guess the ominous "hops the Hudson" alluded to in the NYT article is a done deal.

 

Thanks Attila

 

Comment by Attila Szendrodi on September 16, 2011 at 12:14am
I know theyve been having issues with them at Madam Brett (Im sure youve noticed the purple traps). It stands to reason they theyre at Dennings Point as well.

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