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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.