- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Agriculture officials say small black beetles are damaging poplar trees across West Virginia.

The Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that most healthy trees will survive the onslaught by yellow poplar weevils. But trees stressed by drought or other problems can be seriously damaged.

State forester Randy Dye says the Division of Forestry is working the Department of Agriculture to monitor the situation.

Yellow poplar weevils are native to the state. They will begin hibernating by mid-July and won’t reappear until next spring.

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