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Galerucella Beetle Collection Day

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June 9, 2010
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
426 Bay Street
Petoskey, MI United States


Kristy Beyer

Do you or someone you know have
a Purple Loosestrife problem?

If you do, join us for the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council’s Annual Galerucella Beetle Collection Day
Wednesday, June 9th at 10:00 am

The Galerucella beetle is a native predator to purple loosestrife. Voracious eaters, the beetles consume the stems and leaves of only purple loosestrife, thereby reducing its vigor and capacity to produce flowers and spread. The collection site is a local lake with thriving Galerucella populations. These populations have had a significant impact in local stands of purple loosestrife. By relocating small “seed” populations of the beetles to other problem areas, we have slowly begun to turn the tide against the “purple plague.” The collection day is aimed at furthering our efforts to move these beetles into other areas in need of controlling purple loosestrife.

If you are interested, here is what you’ll need:

* Waders or knee boots

* A location that you plan to relocate your collected beetles to within a few hours (bring a small cooler and some ice if it will be more than an hour before you can get to the site)

* Patience!

We’ll supply:

* Collection devices

* More information on the control and management of purple loosestrife

* Drinks and a snack

If all goes well, in about two hours participants should be able to leave with 50 or more beetles each. In the event of bad weather, we will reschedule as the beetles tend to hide when it is raining, cold, and cloudy.

Please call or email Jen Gelb at 231-347-1181 or [email protected] if you are interested and would like to learn more or register. Space is limited. Jen will let you know where the meeting location is when you contact her.

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