PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Environmental officials have launched a month-long search at some Rhode Island parks for an invasive beetle from Asia.
The Department of Environmental Management says it will start by conducting tree surveys Thursday at Browning Mill Pond in Exeter.
Workers will be looking for the Asian Longhorned Beetle, an insect that bores into a variety of trees, and has the potential for wiping out thousands of them.
The inch-long beetle with its tell-tale long black and white antennae first came in the United States from China and Korea on shipping crates about two decades ago.
The state is looking for volunteers to help with the tree surveys, which are also planned later in August at Otis Farm Preserve in Cumberland and Goddard Memorial Park in Warwick.