Air Potato Beetle Antics

Invasive pest plant, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area

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Ken Gonyo (Class of 2012 )  “captured” these air potato beetles (Lilioceris cheni) reproducing at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) yesterday. Thanks to Dan Farley (Class of 2015), Vernon Chestine (Class of 2016), and Ken for continuing the weekly Wednesday workdays at ORCA.

Wonderful to see the damage wrought by the air potato beetles in the photo below from Ken …

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Air potato beetles are available for release on private lands; Click here to find out how to get some for your yard.

Ken also has been working with student volunteer Michael Stabile at Audubon House. Click here to see Bob Montanaro’s post about their work on the Pelican Island Audubon Society Facebook page.