Monday, February 28, 2011
The 2011 growing season is fast approaching. Based on what we observed in 2010, we have developed a one-page handout depicting each of the BMSB life stages as well as their seasonal phenology here in the mid-Atlantic. We still have much to learn regarding spring emergence of BMSB, but this provides a rough guide to their seasonal activities. You can access this document here.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
The BMSB Working Group has established itself as the primary platform for facilitating and coordinating research and outreach efforts for BMSB across the United States. The first formal BMSB Working Group meeting was held at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, WV on June 15-16, 2010. Participants delivered relevant presentations encompassing BMSB research, field observations, stakeholder concerns, and other critical biological and ecological information. The group also generated and ranked a comprehensive list of research, extension, and regulatory priorities. A second meeting was held on November 17, 2010 at the AHS-AREC in Winchester, VA and included presentations of BMSB research updates, stakeholder concerns, and regulatory issues.
We know BMSB respond to light, but we don't know the particular wavelengths or intensities that they prefer. Nor do we understand how this relates to their biology. Currently, we are documenting BMSB behavioral responses to wavelengths and intensitites of light using a laboratory bioassay. Adults will respond in as little as 6 seconds!
Doug Inkley, Senior Scientist with the National Wildlife Federation Battles BMSB in his Maryland Home
Read about Doug Inkley and his quest to remove BMSB adults overwintering in his home in Knoxville, MD and understand their behavior. He has removed over 16,000 as of today!