Volunteers sought for beetle hunt

The beetles found on Barker's Island will be used to control invasive purple loosestrife in Douglas County.

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Jason Willett settles his beetle-ridden purple loosestrife plants near wild ones along the shore of Lake Nebagamon in this 2018 file photo. Willett raised the beetles at his cabin and released them to help battle loosestrife, an invasive plant that chokes out native flora.
Contributed / Jason Willett
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SUPERIOR — Volunteers of all ages are invited to help collect beetles on Barker’s Island Monday, June 13.

The Galerucella beetles found during the hunt will be used to control purple loosestrife, an invasive plant that chokes out native flora, in Douglas County. Participants should dress for the outdoors and bring a few two-liter pop bottles, if possible, to construct their own beetle collecting devices.

Volunteers will meet at the Lake Superior Estuarine Research Reserve at 2 p.m., then head out to find and collect beetles in the area. The work is expected to take a couple hours, according to Douglas County Aquatic Invasive Species coordinator Zach Stewart. Participants do not have to stay for the entire time; they can help for as long as they would like.

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