We are investigating five aspects of the wasp’s biology relating to its EAB surveillance capabilities.
i) Defining the biotic and abiotic characters of known C. fumipennis colonies in Ontario. ii) Identifying C. fumipennis’ daily and seasonal foraging phenology. iii) Quantifying the effect that researcher/surveyor interference will have on the wasps’ behaviour. Results from 2006 suggest that researcher interference has little effect on the continued provisioning of a nest. iv) Estimating the foraging range of C. fumipennis and consequently the area effectively sampled by a wasp colony. v) Experimentation with the development of both transplant and mobile colonies. This addresses the limitation that monitoring is currently restricted to areas near naturally established colonies.