Jameson Lake Receives Weed Eating Beetles

Gale Rucella Collecting for Jameson LakePurple loosestrife is a non-native aquatic weed that was introduced into Washington in the late 1800s. Although is has attractive purple flowers, this invasive plant can choke out native vegetation and can become a fire hazard.

Dale Whaley, Washington State University (WSU) Douglas County Agriculture and Integrated Weed Management Educator released tiny leaf eating beetle, Galerucella to feed on the young shoots and stems of Purple loosestrife in the James Lake area to control the invasive weed.