beschizza at June 18th, 2014 12:00 — #1
daneel at June 18th, 2014 12:13 — #2
No grey squirrels?
I remember seeing an Australian documentary about cane toads years ago. Not a very popular species...
How about the starlings released by the guy who wanted every animal mentioned by Shakespeare to be living in the US?
When I visited Crater Lake they were taking about the crawfish and trout problems they have too.
jonaseggeater at June 18th, 2014 12:34 — #3
Just to clarify, these are exotic invasives. There are also native invasive species, though they're usually less of an issue.
I would add bittersweet, Euonymus alatus, multiflora rose, Japanese barberry, duckweed, and Eurasian water milfoil to the list of plants. These are all serious problems in the northeast.
mister44 at June 18th, 2014 12:42 — #4
dacree at June 18th, 2014 12:46 — #5
"We're not going to barbeque our way out of this problem."
Yes, but it's fun trying.
ben_ehlers at June 18th, 2014 13:06 — #6
I have always wanted to write a book where these types of ecological disruptions were the work of an evil biologist. It would be like Steve Irwin mashed into 12 Monkeys crossed with the Da Vinci Code. Too bad I can't write for crap.
howaboutthis at June 18th, 2014 13:22 — #7
Ah, the lionfish, a.k.a the Japanese fighting fish!
madlibrarian at June 18th, 2014 14:51 — #8
xzzy at June 18th, 2014 17:09 — #9
I want to see federal funds allocated to proving that we can in fact barbeque our way out of a pig invasion.
That's pork barrel spending we can all support.
invasivespp at June 18th, 2014 20:45 — #10
For anyone who likes to learn about invasive species, you should check out the Reddit dedicated to the subject: http://www.reddit.com/r/InvasiveSpecies
rocketpj at June 18th, 2014 20:57 — #11
I'll do my best. Where's Obelix when we need him, he'd know how to handle it.
catgrin at June 18th, 2014 22:25 — #12
The asian long horned beetle presents a serious threat in hardwood forests.
beanolini at June 19th, 2014 04:44 — #13
This one? I love that film.
Just to prove Godwin's Law, I'd like to mention that Goering's Nazi racoons are still invasive in Europe.
fuzzyfungus at June 19th, 2014 07:02 — #14
Am I correct in imagining a horrifying(ly delicious) hybrid of Apocalypse Now and Iron Chef, where America's deep, abiding, and honest, love of pork products and high tech incendiary warfare achieve a glorious collaboration?
voxbelatro at June 19th, 2014 11:32 — #15
catgrin at June 19th, 2014 14:44 — #16
There's also the Australian Eucalyptus Borers that did serious damage here in California before other insects were introduced to control their population.
lava at June 19th, 2014 19:24 — #17
Please, some hate for the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)?
pres1 at June 19th, 2014 21:22 — #18
Don't forget the most destructive invader, Homo sapiens.
catgrin at June 20th, 2014 02:40 — #19
I totally forgot (!!!) that I actually got a great shot of an invasive pest species back in 2012. The Blue-green Sharpshooter Graphocephala atropunctata, is a type of leaf hopper that is a problem because it transmits the gammaproteobacteria "Xylella fastidious" (a.k.a. "Pierce's Disease"). The disease itself is a type of leaf scorch that can affect commercially important crops like grapes.
Here's a link to the info page at Project Noah:
retepslluerb at June 20th, 2014 04:13 — #20
I love the crab thingie, because over here it's North American crayfish which invade European rivers. Some North American amphipoda were less lucky, those simply get eaten by their European cousins.
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