Preparing for Purple Eaters

kid potting loosestrife

Minnesota Sea Grant co-hosted a new youth program in Duluth this spring to help combat the spread of an invasive plant, purple loosestrife. Thirty-three young people and adults from several area 4-H clubs, a Boy Scout troop, and a group from Woodland Hills youth treatment program, potted purple loosestrife taken from an infested area. They took the loosestrife plants home and cared for them in kiddy pools filled with water. They inoculated the plants with loosestrife-eating beetles in June, so that the beetles would multiply. In late July, the youths released the beetles in several loosestrife-infested areas, including the St. Louis River.

By Sea Grant Staff
August 2001

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