Money: If you choose to make an
insectary/weed garden, you must first come up with the money.
Some potential sources are:
1) your county,
2) the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Program:
3) your local Conservation District:
4) Other resource agencies in your area such as the USDA Forest Service
Bureau of Land
5) Local land owners such as ranchers/farmers, businesses,
In Whitehall, we get our funding from a Noxious Weed Trust
grant, the Jefferson County Weed District, and the Whitehall
In addition, Madison County, the BLM, and the Golden Sunlight Mine have
Supervisor: You need a person in charge!
Our funds are managed by Dave Burch, the Jefferson Co. Weed Supervisor,
at the county seat in Boulder, as directed by the County Weed
District. The day to day operations are supervised by Whitehall
science teacher Todd Breitenfeldt, who has a Master of Science degree
in entomology. But, you do not need a masters, all you need is a
realization of our horrid noxious
weed problem and a willingness to help solve it!!
Construction: [link to pictures of
into Agapeta insect cage.
#1 under construction- transplanted.
#1 under construction- flashing/tools.
under construction- flashing/fence.
expansion- tear down old/tilling addition.
#2 complete- views
complete- more views.
-Gather your equipment and tools.
-Draw a plan of your site.
-Stake out your area.
-Till or plow your site.
-Stake out your corral (for Cyphocleonus) and cage (for
-Transplant your plants into corrals in rows wide enough to run your
(with one tine removed) between
rows, with the plants about 2 feet apart. We pull up plants on
cool early spring days from infestations in our area. We trim the
as we pull them up. Keep them moist as you transport them and out
the hot sun (i.e.. do not let them dry out or cook...).
these are root boring insects so you need an intact tap root on each
Water the transplants often until they are well established.
-Construct your corrals. Dig a trench about 10 cm
deep. Place your flashing (wear gloves!) in the trench,
stretch it out and stake it into place so that it is sunk into the
about 5-8 cm (remember, these weevils can dig but do not fly so, this
up will keep them in your weed garden). We use wooden surveyor
and nail the flashing to the stakes with a hammer and a sledge hammer
support the stake while we pound in the nails. Fill in your
-Bend the top 4 cm of the flashing (wear gloves!) into (towards) the
interior of the corral. We do this for
two reasons: 1) it is sharp (no sense getting cut up if you fall in
and 2) if the weevils try and climb the slippery flashing, this bent
section will cause them to fall off back into the corral.
-Suspend bird netting over the corral with ropes and posts, to prevent
-Water the new transplants often 'till they are well established.
-Transplant your plants into your cage sites (for Agapeta)
spacing of about 15 cm and about 15 cm
between rows. Leave a walk way from the door into the center of
cage. You want high density of plants within the expensive cages
maximum production. Water the transplants often until they are
-Set up the frames and net skins of the cages. Anchor each cage
to the ground with spikes or stakes. Be
sure that the cage is insect proof.
-Fence your site if you feel a need to do so. We have a fence
open gates mainly to deter cars (not
people) and have had very little vandalism even though we are on school