This beetle could pose the biggest threat to the UK’s woodlands since Dutch Elm Disease. The Asian long-horn beetle has been found to be breeding in the UK for the first time. There are now fears that as the young beetles mature into adults they will spread around the country. The beetle has been found in Paddock Wood in Kent where experts have been checking trees for the holes they make when they lay their eggs. Any infected trees will be chopped down and incinerated before the beetles can reach maturity. It is hoped these measures will help to halt the spread of the creature. The danger is from the beetle’s larvae which burrow through the wood looking for food. This causes it to become brittle and the tree dies. Poplars and willows are at most risk but other trees such as sycamore, elm, horse chestnut, apple, pear and cherry species can also be affected.