|Connecticut Towns where EAB was initially detected in 2012 (circle) |
and location of White Memorial (square).
We are pleased to announce that we were awarded monies that will be used for the construction of 15 double-decker purple prism traps over the next two summer seasons (2013-14) from the Seherr-Thoss Foundations. These traps are used to detect Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect that attacks ash trees and was recently documented in 5 Connecticut towns for the first time in July 2012. These traps differ slightly in design from the canopy traps that have been deployed throughout the state but have been recently documented to be more effective at finer scale surveillance projects. The traps will be deployed throughout White Memorial's property and will add to the effective detection of EAB that the state employs on the property. In previous seasons, the statewide surveillance project deployed traps throughout the property and girdled ash trees near the campground. White Memorial has also incorporated the used of Cerceris Wasps as bio-surveillance tool at a total of 4 colonies. To date, EAB has not been detected at White Memorial but since the state is considered colonized, we wait for the eventual colonization of EAB throughout the state.