Emerald ash borer. Courtesy: US Forest Service

Jun 6, 2015 9:35 AM

Ash borer may have found its match in wasp

The Associated Press

DURHAM — A destructive beetle that targets ash trees — known as the emerald ash borer — may have met its match.

Entomologists believe a wasp may be more effective monitoring the spread of the beetle than standard traps.

Morgan Dube, a graduate student in biological sciences and an entomologist with the N.H. Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food says the wasp has the ability to find, sting and paralyze the emerald ash borer.

Called the smokey winged beetle bandit, it preys on certain beetles, including the emerald ash borer, which was found in the state last year.

New research funded by the N.H. Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of N.H. indicates the wasp has been found to outperform purple prism traps in detecting the beetle's presence.


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