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Beetles being used to help battle hemlock woolly adelgid in New York

Hemlock woolly adelgid, or HWA, is identified by the white, cotton-like “woolly” masses found on hemlock needles. New York is now using a beetle to fight HWA. (Photo provided)

It’s a tiny insect, only about 1.5 millimeters, or about 0.04 inches long.
But the impact of the hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive species native to Asia, on hemlock trees in New York and elsewhere has been devastating. The state Department of Environmental Conservation, in partnership with Cornell University’s NYS Hemlock Initiative and other agencies, is using nature to fight back against the voracious bug.

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