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Re: Beetles Fighting Purple Loosestrife


Just as I was leaving the 'nature' thing they were starting with these beetles.
 
The first batches of these beetles were kept netted within the
loosestrife patches. As they devoured and eventually kiiled off the
plants, they were recaptured and moved elsewhere. There was- at that
time- a limited amount of them. Special permits issued for this yada
yada yada.....

 
Although I was against this project, there really wasn't an easy and enviromently safe other way to deal with this plant.
 
I will say that the purple loosestrife is a very difficult to eradicate and prolifice seeder.
 
The powers that be seem to instist that once the loosestrife is gone,
the beetles will die off.... I sure hope they are right, cause I believe
they will find another food source and .......

 
Donna


----- Original Message ----
From: Zemuly Sanders <zsanders@midsouth.rr.com>
To: gardenchat <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, August 12, 2006 7:56:17 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Beetles Fighting Purple Loosestrife


I have just read several articles, from several different states, about these
beetles that feed exclusively on purple loosestrife.  I'm hoping this not yet
another disaster in the making.  Check it out at the below link.
http://ceris.purdue.edu/napis/pests/pls/jcpls24.html

zem

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