Mile-a-minute in the news

The mile-a-minute vine made the news yesterday. Click here for the full story. Here’s an excerpt. The “state conservation land in Canton” that they mention? You guessed it! The Blue Hills!

But the worst infestation in the state is on state conservation land in Canton, where the weed has spread over as much as 50 acres since March.

Two weeks ago in Canton, scientists released thousands of tiny bugs called weevils that feed on that vine exclusively.

Already there are tiny holes visible on the leaves where they’ve been feeding.

“I think it’s very encouraging,” says Echandi. “We don’t see any of this type of damage on the mile-a-minute made by any native insects or any other aphids.

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