Invasive Lookalikes

White Spotted Pine Sawyer
Pat Bradley/WAMC

This is Invasive Species Awareness week in New York.  Coordinated through regional PRISMs — Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management — this year’s theme is “Early Detection: Explore, Observe, Report.” Recently, WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley sent a picture of an insect to Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program Director Brendan Quirion asking him if it was an invasive beetle.  It wasn’t. Quirion says a number of invasive species are near twins to native species — and that can make detection challenging.