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Jun 2, 2015 1:02 PM

Predatory beetle may be the answer to fighting the Emerald Ash Borer in NH


DURHAM – Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found a new way to fight the Emerald Ash Borer, a beetle that is responsible for killing ash trees all over the country.

The research, funded by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, has found that the Smokey Winged Beetle Bandit, a predatory wasp, may be the best way to fight the Emerald Ash.

The Smokey Winged Bandit preys on other beetle species, including the Emerald Ash Borer.

Researchers hope the wasp can work as a monitoring system for the Emerald Ash and detect beetles when they are in small colonies.

The research’s objective is to develop information on the Emerald Ash’s colony activity, seasonality and prey preferences in different forest types in the state.


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