MNRF Field Trip
The Invasive Species Centre’s insect diagnostician, David
Dutkiewicz ventured out with MNRF forest health staff in August for an
entomology field tutorial in the Shoals Provincial Park area near Chapleau, ON.
MNRF staff Cheryl Widdifield (Chapleau/Wawa), Lia Fricano (Timmins), Chris
McVeety (North Bay), and Ariel Ilic (Sudbury) participated in the tutorial,
sharing information on native forest pest outbreaks, such as Aspen tortix and leaf-blotch
miner that are visibly affecting trees across Northern Ontario. Since Shoals
Provincial Park is nested in an area of large shallow lakes it hosts unique
butterflies and moths, such as unicorn caterpillars, luna moths, and polyphemus
moths. During the tutorial, a variety of trapping methods were tested, such as
night time UV light traps, pitfall traps, and malaise trap for the collection
of forest insects. This entomology field tutorial was a first for Ontario’s forest
health program. Participation in this field tutorial strengthens field staff
knowledge of recognizing insects and allows the ISC diagnostician to
participate in the collection of field material.