Beetle declines plant’s population along Colorado River

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Mesa County, Colo. – Millions of small beetles are crawling their way around the Colorado river this Summer.

Their food of choice? The Tamarisk tree.

People near the river have noticed the normally green shrubs are brown and withering, but ‘RiversEdge West’ says there is nothing to worry about.

Tamarisk is an invasive plant. So invasive, in fact, that the USDA decided to find a ‘predator’ to eat them. Out of 300 organisms tested – one beetle came out on top: now known as the tamarisk beetle.

The green beetles will be present until the plants die out, according to ‘RiversEdge,’

“If there’s green Tamarisk, then they’re happy and eating but as they’re impacting the Tamarisk, they can cause parts to die. If there’s not any green Tamarisk, then the beetles starve,” says RiverEdge’s Ben Bloodworth.

More information on the beetle taking over the Grand Valley’s riverside and what people think about the plants they leave behind will air on KREX5 News tomorrow, and be posted right here on our website.

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