The Asian Longhorned Beetle (car) Invades Ohio
If you live in southwest Ohio you might have recently spotted a strange-looking vehicle traversing the streets of the Cincinnati area. That strange-looking vehicle was to raise awarness of the Asian Longhorned Beetle. The Asian Longhorned Beetle is an invasive insect that threatens the health of many species of trees. The pest was first spotted in 2011 in Clermont County and ODA in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been working to eradicate the beetle ever since. Recently, a Volkswagen Beetle specially wrapped to resemble the Asian Longhorned Beetle visited Southwest Ohio for a few weeks to help raise awareness about the bug. The vehicle traveled to different events in the greater Cincinnati area with outreach materials and information available to those curious about the car’s appearance. The following are some photos from the Beetle’s travels, and make sure to check out this blog post from USDA on more about the Beetle’s trip to Ohio.