of Purple Loosestrife Program -
an infromal, educational, civic-service activity for youth.
loosestrife is a widespread and serious problem that affects
wetlands, lakes, and waterways throughout the United States.
Control by conventional means (water level management, burning,
herbicides, direct digging, cutting) has proven to be extremely
difficult and is impractical on a large scale. Biological control
of purple loosestrife by introduction of natural enemies from
its native range offers an alternative. Youth can contribute
to controlling loosestrife if provided with the right tools
and adult guidance. Download or purchase the curriculum (see
link in the left panel) and get started!
of biological control of purple loosestrife:
1) Increase wetland diversity by introducing biological
controls of purple loosestrife.
2) Enlist local wetland stewards in a community service project.
3) Support these efforts with non-formal curriculum materials.
and regulations vary by state. Click on the appropriate link to
find out your state requirements:
- Illinois - Other states
Question: Where can I find Galerucella beetles
for this project?
Answer: We recommend that you collect from sites
that have well established populations of beetles. These beetles
are hardier because they have over wintered outdoors and near the
new site that they will be transferred to (assuming that you can
find them close). This will require locating someone who has been
involved with the project in the past and can direct you to likely
locals. It might be a teacher, 4-H leader, Department of Natural