Louisiana WaspWatcher Program

Bio-surveillance for invasive beetles using native wasps

 

 

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Cerceris fumipennis is a native wasp that collects metallic wood-boring beetles (family Buprestidae) to feed to its offspring.

 

Cerceris (pronounced sir-sir-us) is the best tool we have to monitor for the invasive Emerald Ash Borer. Additionally, monitoring Cerceris catches can act as an early warning system for new invasive buprestids in our area.

 

The Louisiana WaspWatcher Program lets young researchers contribute through discovery of Cerceris colonies and beetle collection.

 

Download the Guide Book to find out more.

 

The Louisiana WaspWatcher Program is sponsored by The Louisiana State Arthropod Museum, LSU AgCenter, and USDA Forest Service.

 

 

IMG_4517cCerceris wasp with buprestid beetle

 

 

 

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