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Beetle Tents 
Hemlock trees in the Smoky Mountains are threatened by a tiny, deadly pest. Researchers with UT AgResearch are using a predatory beetle to feast on these harmful insects.


 

Recent Publications

Public Knowledge and Attitudes toward Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) and Its Treatment on Public Land Moore, R. L, J. M. Bowker, and N. C. Poudyal.  2014.  Journal of Forestry, 112(1): 118.

Seasonality of Two Introduced Predatory Beetles, Laricobius nigrinus and Sasajiscymnus tsugae, of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in the Southern Appalachians.  Hakeem, A., G. J. Wiggins, J. F. Grant, R. Rhea, P. L. Lambdin, A. Lamb, and A. E. Mayfield.  2011.  Proceedings, 22nd USDA Interagency Research Forum on Invasive Species, Annaopolis, MD, January 12-15, 2010.

Co-existence of two introduced predatory beetle species of hemlock woolly adelgid on eastern hemlock.  Hakeem, A., G. J. Wiggins, J. Rhea, P. L. Lambdin, and J. F. Grant.  2010.  Fifth Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Symposium, Asheville, NC, August 17-19 [accepted for publication].

Predatory beetles unite! Multiple introduced species coexist on eastern hemlock.  Hakeem, A., J. F. Grant, G. J. Wiggins, J. Rhea, and P. L. Lambdin.  2010.  53rd Southern Forest Insect Work Conference, Wilmington, NC, July 20-23, pg. 27.

Assessment of tree health characteristics following releases of predatory beetles on eastern hemlock.  Wiggins, G. J., A. Hakeem, R. A. Follum, D. J. Paulsen, J. Rhea, P. L. Lambdin, and J. F. Grant.  2010.  Fifth Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Symposium, Asheville, NC, August 17-19 [accepted for publication].

Evaluation of alternative techniques for releasing predatory beetles of hemlock woolly adelgid.  Grant, J. F.  2009.  Investigator’s Annual Report, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, submitted electronically. 3 pp. March 31.

Evaluation of alternative techniques for releasing predatory beetles of hemlock woolly adelgid.  Grant, J. F.  2008.  Investigator’s Annual Report, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, submitted electronically. 3 pp. March 31. .

Non-target effect of imidacloprid on the predatory arthropod guild on eastern hemlock, Tsuga canadensis (L.) Carriere, in the Southern Appalachians.  Hakeem, A.  2008.  M.S. Thesis, The University of Tennessee, 78 pp.