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ND officials looking for help collecting flea beetle

July 5, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State officials are looking for help collecting an insect that attacks an invasive plant.

The state Departments of Agriculture and Trust Lands as well as several county weed boards are trying to round up flea beetles and disperse them to feed on leafy spurge, one of North Dakota’s worst noxius weeds.

They’ve been running collection days at different locations around the state since late June. The next scheduled day is Thursday along Franks Creek Road north of Fryburg in Billings County. Collection efforts are slated for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Collectors should bring sweep nets and coolers with ice packs for transporting the beetles.

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