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Largo releases beneficial beetles in local parks
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Largo releases beneficial beetles in local parks

Largo, Florida - The City of Largo Parks Division released Air Potato Leaf Beetles in the Largo Nature Preserve. The beetles will also be released on Air Potato infestations at George C. McGough Nature Park, John R. Bonner Park, Largo Central Park and the new Highland Recreation Complex.

These beneficial beetles are proving to be an effective biological control against the air potato vine, an aggressive, invasive exotic plant that is displacing native plant species and disrupting ecological functions throughout Florida. These beetles are a native control agent in the Air Potatoes natural environment, Tropical Asia.

Air Potato Leaf Beetles (Lilioceris cheni) combat the invasive Air Potato vine which can grow up to 70 feet in one summer season displacing both native flora and fauna. The Air Potato vine has been found in most of the Gulf Coast states, Puerto Rico and as far north as the Carolinas.

The Air Potato Leaf Beetles have been provided by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry. The Largo Nature Preserve is located at 150 Highland Ave. SE.

For more information or to be present at the release, contact Greg Brown at the Largo Parks Division at (727) 586-7415 or email parks@largo.com.

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