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 Loosestrife Beetle Release 
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On May 27th, 2005, State entomologist Tom Scudder released 6000 Galerucella beetles in the Mantua Creek marsh. The WEC paid to release these beetles in the hope that they will control the invasive purple loosestrife plant, which had been spreading rapidly in the marsh.

An area of loosestrife infestation, located south of the Mantua Avenue bridge.
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An area of loosestrife infestation, located south of the Mantua Avenue bridge.

Tom Scudder, Rich Dilks, Patrick Schoen, and another individual (l-r) review plans for the beetle release.
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Tom Scudder, Rich Dilks, Patrick Schoen, and another individual (l-r) review plans for the beetle release.

Tom Scudder begins the beetle release on a pre-designated loosestrife plant.
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Tom Scudder begins the beetle release on a pre-designated loosestrife plant.

This phase of the beetle release is almost complete.  (The Mantua Avenue bridge is in the background.)
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This phase of the beetle release is almost complete. (The Mantua Avenue bridge is in the background.)

Patrick Schoen tries his hand at releasing some beetles.
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Patrick Schoen tries his hand at releasing some beetles.

The beetles congregate on a loosestrife plant, which will be their exclusive food source.
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The beetles congregate on a loosestrife plant, which will be their exclusive food source.

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