Smokey Winged Beetle Bandit: A Useful Tool in Monitoring Emerald Ash Borer

Monday, June 12, 2017
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The Smokey Winged Beetle Bandit is a solitary ground nest wasp that is native to North America. It hunts wood boring beetles, and is useful in monitoring the spread of the invasive species Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). EAB is an introduced species that has spread across much of the northeast forest and has caused millions of dollar in damage. However, the Smokey Winged Beetle Bandit can be used by everyone to monitor for EAB and catch it in the early days of introduction. Ellie McCabe, a graduate student who works with experiment station researcher Dr. Donald Chandler, discusses the methods of monitoring wasp colonies and the research conducted at UNH on the behavior of the wasps. Watch the Video:


Lori Wright, NH Agricultural Experiment Station