Asian long-horned beetle

noun (1)
variants: or Asian longhorned beetle or less commonly Asian longhorn beetle

Definition of Asian long-horned beetle

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a large long-horned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) that is a serious pest of hardwood trees and is native to China and Korea and has been introduced into North America and Europe

Note: The Asian long-horned beetle is black with white spots and has long antennae banded with black and white.

The creature is the Asian long-horned beetle, which kills trees by eating them from the inside and which has no natural enemies in the United States.— David Stout Her tree was among the first of 470 maples, ashes, elms and horse chestnuts to be cut down, chipped up and burned in an effort to stop the spread of a new and unwelcome Chinese import: the Asian long-horned beetle.— Wendy Cole

long-horned beetle

noun (2)
\ ˈlȯŋ-ˌhȯrn(d)- How to pronounce long-horned beetle (audio) \

Definition of long-horned beetle (Entry 2 of 3)

: any of a family (Cerambycidae synonym Longicornia) of beetles usually distinguished by their very long antennae

called also longhorn beetle

long-horned grasshopper

noun (3)

Definition of long-horned grasshopper (Entry 3 of 3)

: any of various grasshoppers (family Tettigoniidae) distinguished by their very long antennae

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The invasive Asian long-horned beetle was identified from a specimen in the Cornell entomology collections. Steven Lubar, Smithsonian, "A Scholar Follows a Trail of Dead Mice and Discovers a Lesson in Why Museum Collections Matter," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of Asian long-horned beetle

Noun (1)

1996, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1834, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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