STORRS, Conn.— How can ordinary citizens help weed out a growing concern in
Connecticut – the spread of a beautiful, but invasive, plant – by becoming
The public is invited to attend either of two beetle farmer workshops, co-sponsored
by the University of Connecticut’s Department of Plant Science, March 21
and March 23, to learn how to raise leaf-eating beetles and release them as part
of a biological control campaign to stop the spread of purple loosestrife.
The first workshop will be held March 21, from 7 - 9 p.m., at the Carpenters
Local 24 Hall, 500 Main St., Yalesville. It is co-sponsored by the Quinnipiac River
The second workshop will be held March 23, from 7 - 9 p.m., at Manchester Community
College’s Learning Resource Center. The event is co-sponsored by Manchester
Purple loosestrife, an invasive, non-native plant found in wetlands, chokes
out native plants such as cattails, sedges, bulrush and ferns and will be added
to the state’s list of banned plants in October. Workshop participants will
learn how to raise the beetles, to be released during the summer, at home. The
process uses potted purple loosestrife, a fine mesh bag and parent beetles and
produces as many as 1,000 new beetles.
Both workshops are free. To register, contact Donna Ellis, a UConn extension
educator, at (860) 486-6448.