It is important to monitor the effects of biocontrol for Cat’s claw creeper. This involves active search and recording observations, as well as taking a series of photos focusing on the area of interest (i.e. photo point monitoring).
- Active search requires recording observations of the site area where the Leaf-mining jewel beetle (Hylaeogena jureceki) has been released. Key observations include searching for evidence of damage every three months after release, as well as annually during spring when Cat’s claw creeper is in flower.
- Photo point monitoring involves taking photos at the same location, direction angle and focus points over a period of time. As the saying goes, ‘one picture is worth a thousand words’, the aim of photo point monitoring is to visually record environmental change to support findings and conclusions. Check out the photos of current monitoring to help you understand how to capture informative photos by clicking here!
Remember: Before you release the beetles, you must take an initial photo of the site and fill out the data record and monitoring sheet that has been prepared especially for this program. It is vital to follow this procedure and closely monitor the site as onground, local knowledge and feedback will help determine the success of the program and enable researchers to conclude outcomes with rigious data.
You can do this via a couple of ways:
- Make sure you have read the Bug on creepy creeper info sheet
- Download the monitoring form and return via email