Moose Country Minute – September 10 2016


As so-called outdoors types, we rightly worry about invasive species but sometimes I worry more about the cure.

A few weeks ago, I told of how they are re-introducing massive alligator gar to lakes in the U.S. northeast, a fish that grows as long as a car, because they like to gobble up Asian carp.

I think this is good, but who really knows?

The other day, I read of how the Canadian Forest Service is again set to release thousands of parasitic wasps in the Ottawa area to deal with the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that is decimating ash trees.

Now, I hate wasps, and have never met a wasp nest that I don’t want to bomb with toxic chemicals.

But what about this baby? Apparently this parasitic wasp just loves emerald ash bore beetles, but how they kill them I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy — except wasps, that is.

What these wasps do is drill into trees and park their eggs on the beetle larva, and then when the wasp eggs become larvae themselves, they eat the beetle from the inside out.

These parasitic wasps, unfortunately, are like most things in our country. They’re made in China, although the ones being set loose in Ottawa will be provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Maybe Justin Trudeau will bring back the real deal when he returns from his trade mission in China.

He seems to like photo ops, and this would be a dandy.

In the meantime, I am pleased to report that these parasitic wasps apparently do not sting..

They are stingless wasps.

Who would have thunk that was possible?



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