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Spring 2005


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Sidebar Feature   |  Spring 2005

Indiana's least wanted

Image: Asian lady beetle

Giant African land snail (Photo by USDA-APHIS)

Public education plays a big role in controlling invasive species of all types. “People don't realize that things they may bring into the state are invasive species, even pets or plants for land-scaping,” says Christopher Pierce, state survey coordinator for the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey. “Just because you can buy it over the Internet doesn't mean you should. The giant African land snail was introduced to the state when people bought them at flea markets as pets. We also know of invasive plants that were introduced when people dumped their aquariums into lakes and ponds.”

The following invasive species were found in Indiana for the first time in 2004.

• Asian ambrosia beetle
• Banded elm bark beetle
• Cuban laurel thrips
• Emerald ash borer
• Longhorned beetle (2 species)
• Tortricidae moth

• Giant hogweed
• Brazilian elodea
• Yellow floating heart

• Giant African land snails

• European wall lizard


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