Flea Beetle Success!!!

We have exciting news to report!  The alligator weed flea beetles that we released on the Black River in May are munching away!  Read about the May beetle release here.

munched holes in alligator weed leaves

We monitored the beetles last Friday and to our surprise they are doing a great job eating the invasive alligator weed!  We not only saw evidence of their eating but we actually saw the beetles too!

alligator weed flea beetle on alligator weed

There were areas of alligator weed that were completely munched to death; this is great news because it means the beetles are breeding in the wild and doing the job we hoped they would do.

a patch of alligator weed completely decimated by flea beetles

We will be monitoring again at the end of September, more to come then!

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About secpnc

My name is Sara Babin and I am the Conservation Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy Southeast Coastal Plain program in Wilmington, NC. Our office is responsable for the maintenance and restoration of 35,000 acres of preserve land owned by The Nature Conservancy. We protect the land for ecologically significant species in hopes to ensure a lasting natural history legacy for future generations to enjoy. This blog will highlight our most exciting activities and events with much of the focus being on our controlled burn program. With this blog we hope to share the ins and outs of what we do and how it is bettering the world for plants, animals, and people.
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