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Rhode Island environmental officials are asking the public to report sightings of beetles that could cause extensive damage to trees.

The Department of Environmental Management is seeking reports about Asian longhorned beetles and emerald ash borers or any insect resembling them.

These beetles haven't been found in Rhode Island, but have been spotted in nearby Worcester, Massachusetts.

The Asian longhorned beetle has a large, glossy black body with irregular white spots. It's about one inch long.

The emerald ash borer is metallic green. It's about half an inch long and typically emerges between June and August. DEM set traps for it.

DEM asks people to slide a piece of cardboard underneath the beetle, if possible, and place it in a jar. The beetles don't bite. Report the finding to DEM.




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