The biology and prey of Cerceris fumipennis and its use for bio-surveillance of the emerald ash borer
My project was to monitor two large colonies of Cerceris fumipennis in central New Hampshire. Incoming female C. fumipennis with prey were captured and their prey were collected and documented. Emergence of the wasps appears to be nearly synchronous with 200 females emerging within 15 days of each other. Thirty-four different prey species were produced (no EAB) and New Hampshire gained four new state records. Seasonality was documented for ten most commonly taken buprestid species. Monitoring for EAB is a key step in keeping the forests of New England and New York healthy and intact. Effective management in New England forests can be implemented early with the help of C. fumipennis in the detection of low density populations of EAB.