EAB Wasp Watchers Wanted in Massachusetts!

  • EAB Wasp Watchers Wanted in Massachusetts!

  • Mollie Freilicher

    Organizer
    June 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Have you heard about the emerald ash borer, an invasive species that attacks and kills ash trees? Did you know that this invasive pest is less than 25 miles from the Massachusetts border in New York? The Massachusetts Wasp Watchers project needs your help to detect EAB! We’ve found a wasp that is an expert at hunting them, and we need volunteers to assist with tracking those wasps.

    The smoky-winged beetle bandit (Cerceris fumipennis), a native wasp species, feeds its young by catching beetles in the Buprestidae family, including that most infamous of Buprestids, emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis).

    Cerceris wasp and EAB

    Cerceris wasps are a valuable tool in our efforts to find EAB as early as possible, and early detection is our best weapon in preparing for how to manage this pest. The wasps are easy to hunt for, because they build their nests in baseball fields, parking lots, and other places where hard-packed, sandy soil is found. And, lucky for us, these wasps do not sting, even when handled.

    The Mass. Department of Agricultural Resources is looking for volunteers to adopt sites with established wasp colonies, to monitor the wasp nests and collect beetles. We will train you and provide you with the tools you need. A training session is coming up mid-June, when the wasps are first expected to emerge for the summer.

    For more information and to sign up as a Wasp Watcher, see the Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Blog or contact Jennifer Forman Orth at jennifer.forman-orth@state.ma.us or 617-626-1735.

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