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Biosurveillance: Using a native wasp to monitor for emerald ash borer
Cerceris fumipennis, a native non-stinging wasp, can help entomologists with early detection of the destructive exotic emerald ash borer. This ground-dwelling wasp provisions its nests with buprestid beetles, including emerald ash borer when present. In Maine, Cerceris can only be found during the months of July and August, although it emerges earlier further south.
The Maine Forest Service is currently looking for colonies of this wasp. For those who would like to assist us, here is some information to help you find colonies and report your findings.
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