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Insect released at Monticello lake to combat invasive plant
Pictured is Todd Jenson, county conservationist with the Green County Land and Water Conservation Department. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - On Lake Montesian, in Monticello, a very pretty but aggressive invasive wetland plant called purple loosestrife has just had a natural enemy released into it. The enemy is an insect, Galerucella or cella for short, that has an exclusive fondness for the purple loosestrife plant. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin-Extension have done careful research and proven that these insects are not a threat to other plants.