As part of the NWIPCs integrated approach to manage Invasive Plants in our area we have been assisting the Ministry of Forest, Lands & Natural Resource Operations with the Provincial Biocontrol program. To learn more about the Provincial Biocontrol program visit; https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hra/plants/biocontrol/index.htm
First picture shows that last years release of a beetle called Mecinus janthinus on Dalmation toadflax in the Lakes District area was succesful as we found bugs had emerged this year.
Second picture shows a release from this summer of a beetle called Larinus planus on Canada thistle in the Lakes District.
Third picture shows another beetle, Chrysolina quadrigemina, that was being released on St Johns wort in the Skeena area earlier this year.
Land owners and managers have long recognized the need to control invasive plants to limit their impacts. In May 2018, a new smartphone app...