Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum), Asian Longhorned Beetle

I have spent an inordinate amount of time studying trees and their different features (and still do when I get a chance). I actually learned to love trees without leaves because identifying them this way is actually easier for me – get rid of that leaf so I can look at the leaf scar, end bud, etc. As I was studying trees, I also took lots of photos to aid in my studying and I have some favorite trees in various locations around the State. Here’s one of my favorite Sugar Maple Acer saccharum trunks found in Woodlawn Cemetery in Canandaigua, NY:


What’s not to love about this tree? I love it’s shape – it looks like it’s just waiting for a hug.

I also spent a lot of time studying insects, especially the one that was accidentally imported and is attacking our Sugar Maples (along with other trees). If I saw this Asian Longhorned beetle Anoplophora glabripennis in my yard you would hear me scream around the world – this insect is so ugly, huge and those long horns – yuck yuck yuck. Here’s a good identification website.


Here in NY if you see one of these uglies, you’re supposed to bottle it and take it to your County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension. I would have to fight my natural reaction to wack it to death and beyond with a shovel (I don’t like the feeling of squishing exoskeleton with my foot). I hope I never run into one of these bad boys. {{{shiver}}}