Have you heard about Wasp Watchers? There’s been some media buzz lately, with stories in the Star Tribune and Post Bulletin highlighting the program kicking off this summer.
Wasp Watchers uses the smoky winged beetle bandit wasp as an early detection tool for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Citizen scientists throughout Minnesota will be searching for and adopting wasp nesting sites in order to collect samples of their prey and monitor the spread of EAB. Quickly identifying infestations allows researchers to slow down their impact through quarantines and other control methods.