Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Insect Eating Invasive Plant in the Everglades

Weevils munching as to war
Photo by  Gary Buckingham, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org
Weevils known as the Australian snout beetle, Oxyops vitiosa, are munching the leaves of melaleuca trees in the Everglades. The hope is that predation by this weevil will help to stop melaleuca from spreading seeds and turning sawgrass meadows into dense, water-sucking forests. Read an article on this project by William E. Gibson.