Beetles Save Needles Workshop

The November 2015 Beetles Save Needles workshop was a great success thanks to our growing partnership of community members interested in bio-control as a method to combat HWA. The classroom session was held at the NC Arboretum and reviewed the details of the Beetles Save Needles program. Topics covered included: how to collect, and release beetles, how to monitor beetle success, how to identify different life stages of beetles and HWA, and how to collaborate regionally to implement the program successfully and efficiently. Later that day we visited the Biltmore Estate, a developing insectary, where Dr. McDonald (Dr. Bug) demonstrated field monitoring techniques and discussed the life history status of HWA at this particular site. Bill Hascher then talked about how the Biltmore Estate is introducing Laricobius nigrinus beetle to certain areas of the property. Thanks to all who attended and look forward to building further momentum with the program!