"Armies of Beetles" Raised to Control Invasive purple loosestrife

Galerucela pusilla laying its eggs (edmonton.ca)

Galerucela pusilla laying its eggs (edmonton.ca)

     Yards all across central Wisconsin are turning into ranches, beetle ranches. In an attempt to control the invasive purple loosestrife, volunteers have covered their yards with net-covered trees in wading pools. These structures are ideal for raising galerucella pusilla, a little beetle with an appetite for loosestrife, which will later be released into the wild. “Armies of beetles are being raised to beat back the European invasion,” said Kayci Stusheck, the regional aquatic invasive species specialist for the Golden Sands Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc.