Canadian Insect News

Box Elder Bug Oct. 8, 2016: (CBC) Swarms of boxelder bugs cover homes in North York and Etobicoke - Box Elder bugs are invading Toronto in record numbers this year.  They are attracted to warm sunny locations on the south walls of buildings.  The good news is that they are harmless...  (read article)
A warmer winter in alot of Canada may mean that mosquites will be out and about earlier then usual. (Photo: David Cappaert, Michigan State University, )  Feb. 19, 2016: (CBC) Canadian Mosquito Tests for Zika Virus Transmission Begin -  A Canadian medical entomologist is now growing Zika virus in a university containment lab to test if native mosquitoes can be affected.  The plan is to test twelve native species initially.....   (read article) 
Mosquito Jan. 29, 2016: (CBC) Canadian Mosquito Spread of Zika Untested - A research entomologist at Brock University is trying to determine if Zeka virus can been transmitted by native Canadian species of mosquitoes.  A second invasive species is making its way north and....     (read article)
Fossil of the 53 MY wood wasp, Ypresiosirex orthosemos. Photo: Royal B.C. Museum Nov. 16, 2015: (Metro) Seeing B.C. Forests 53 Million Years Ago Through Insects - A scientist at the Royal British Columbia Museum collected a 53 million year old wood wasp at the McAbee fossil beds.  He believes that the specimen is similar to modern ones and would have attacked.... (read article) 
A fritillary Oct. 21, 2015: (CBC) Giant Bugs Invade Canadian Museum of Nature in New Exhibit - The Canadian Museum of Nature's latest exhibition "Outside the Box" includes larger then life size insect models, live specimens and numerous insect specimens from it collection.....   (read article) 
Caribou - photo: Terry L Spivey, Terry Spivey Photography, Sept. 18, 2015: (CBC) Climate Change good news for Arctic mosquitoes, bad news for caribou - As a result of climate change, mosquitos are developing faster and becoming great pests to caribou who are forced to spend more time moving to avoid them.....   (read article) 
Drough Stricken Forest. (Photo: USDA Forest Service - Ogden , USDA Forest Service, ) Aug. 16, 2015: (Globe and Mail) Drought-stricken Forests in B.C., Alberta Face New Threat From Insects - Western Canada's worsening drought is having a effect on the regions trees.  With less water available trees are more stressed and less able to protect themselves.......  (read article)
Pea Leaf Weevil - photo courtesy Natasha Wright, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Jan. 21, 2015: (Lethbridge Herald) County of 40 Mile driven buggy in 2014 - The county of 40 mile in Alberta was at the center of numerous insect pest outbreaks in 2014, said Scott Meers, insect management specialist for Agriculture and Rural Development.  Pests included.....   (read article) 
Bed Bugs (Photo: Allen Szalanski, Dec. 28, 2014: (RT) Canadian Scientists Develop Trap To Lure Blood-sucking Bed Bugs - Canadian scientist at Simon Fraser University have developed a pheromone based trap which will be effective in the fight against bedbugs. It will be commercially available next year.  (read article)
Entomologists looking for insects (Photo: N. E. Rees, USDA Agricultural Research Service - Retired, Aug. 21, 2014: (The Western Producer) Bugs Don’t Get Recognition They Deserve - Hector Carcamo, an Agriculture Canada entomologist, kept a carabid beetle as a pet once. Spiders and ground beetles are among his favourite bugs as many of them.......   (read article)
Honey Bee July 23, 2014:  (Globe and Mail) Why is Canada’s bee population in rapid decline? - A recently released report about the health of honey bees states that 58% of Ontario colonies did no make it through the winter.  Colony mortality is attributed to a number of factors.....   (read article)
Brown Spruce Longhorn (Photo: Nathan Lord, University of New Mexico, July 23, 2014: (CBC) Additional traps set in Memramcook for invasive insect: A lone Brown Spruce Longhorn captured in Memramcook, NB earlier this month may be a passenger from nearby highway traffic originating in Nova Scotia.  The beetle has devastated...   (read article)
A Wasp. (photo: R. Bercha) July 23, 2014: (CBC) Death by Insect sting rare, McMaster allergist says:  La Prairie, Quebec Mayor Lucie Roussell, died Sunday after being stung 15 times by wasps while gardening at her home.  An allergist at McMaster University said that death from insect venom....   (read article)
A Bed Bug (Photo: G. Alpert, Harvard University, July 21, 2014: (CTV) Don't let them bite: Why bed bugs are worse than ever: Bed bugs continue to be an increasing issue across Canada.  In the last 5 years they have spread from Urban centers into less populated areas.  There has been a 20% increase in reported infestations.    (read article)
Emerald ash borer adult feeding on ash leaf. (Photo: Leah Bauer, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, July 17, 2014 (Niagara this Week): Invasive species of beetle threatens forests: The Emerald Ash Borer is slowly spreading and expanding its range in Ontario.  An exotic species from asia, the beetle was 1st discovered in Detroit in 2002, since then is has spread north as far....    (read article)
The large boxelder leaf roller - (Photo: Bill Klein, USDA Forest Service) June 26, 2014: (Edmonton Journal) Caterpillars make life creepy for Edmontonians: Ash cone rollers and boxelder leaf rollers are hanging off trees in Edmonton on silk threads. An interview with Mike Jenkins discusses why this is happening and what the city is doing......   (read article)
A Field Cricket  (Photo:  E.L. Manigault, Clemson Univ. Donated Collection, May 16, 2014: ( Ontario insect farm hopes to change the way we eat: 43 year old Darren Goldin's 2 daughters just can't get enough of the farm fresh food produced on their Dads farm.  Next Millennium Farms' is a pioneer in the processing of insects into protein for human....  (read article)     
Brown marmorated stink bug (photo: R. Bercha) Apr. 15, 2014: (Global) Stink bugs in Ontario: How to recognize them and what to do if you find one: The Brown Marmorated Stinkbug is on the Ontario governments watch list.  Originally imported from China in the mid-1990's the bug attacks both fruit and vegetable crops.   (read article)
Researcher conducting lab work (Photo: J O'Brien, USDA, Nov. 13, 2013: (UofA) Beetle Bait Could Help Save Alberta Pine Forests: Researchers at the University of Alberta are close to developing a pheromone based bait which can be used to trap Mountain Pine Beetles.  The destructive beetles are now present in Alberta's pine....   (read article)
Beetle bait could help save Alberta pine forests
Beetle bait could help save Alberta pine forests
Insect infused flour may provide a protien rich food source for slum dwellers in 3rd world countries. Sept. 24, 2013: (CBC) Students from McGill University win $1MM for Insect Flour Idea: A team of MBA students from McGill University has won the one million dollar Hult Prize for social entrepreneurship for protein rich insect infused flour.   (read article)
Scorpion Fly Photo: David Cappaert, Michigan State University, July 12, 2013: (Vancouver Sun) Ancient Insect Fossils Found in B.C. Hold Valuable Lessons Says StudyThe fossilized remains of an extinct family of scorpion flies has been discovered near Cache Creek, BC.  Researchers believe that the flies went extinct due to...   (read article)
Emerald Ash Borer galleries Photo: Daniel Herms, The Ohio State University, June 19, 2013: (Cornwall Standard Freeholder) Killer Insect Bores into City Ash Trees - It is estimated that the Emerald Ash Borer has killed 30 million trees in North America.  The insect has finally arrived in Cornwall and is expected to eventually kill most of the Ash trees in the city.  (read article)    
Giant Water Bug May 23, 2013: (The Telegraph) Sightings of Giant Water Bugs Reported - Its Giant Water Bug season again.  The largest bug in the province shows up at parking lots after dark looking for a new home only to be picked up by a curious human instead. Be careful though, as they have a.  (read article)    
Adult Monarch on Eastern Baccharis in Florida (Photo: Karan A. Rawlins, University of Georgia, Apr. 8, 2013: (CBC News) Monarch Butterflies Navigate to Mexico with a Simple Compass - Based on experimental results,  Canadian scientists concluded that Monarch butterflies use only a simple compass and the sun to navigate their way to Mexico each year.    (read article)
A male Asian Long-horned Beetle (Photo: Michael Bohne, Apr. 5, 2013: (CBC News) Asian Long-Horned Beetle Eradicated from CanadaCanada's food inspection agency announced that it's targeted eradication program has been successful in eliminating the Asian Long-Horned Beetle  from Ontario.  The last confirmed sighting of this.....   (read article)
Adult Mountian Pine Beetle (Photo: USDA Forest Service - Ogden Archive, USDA Forest Service, Apr. 4, 2013: (CBC News) The Mountain Pine Beetle Will Eventually Reach Ontario - The Mountain Pine Beetle will slowly make its way across Canada in the next 20 yrs.  Since the initial 1998 outbreak in British Columbia the beetle has spread west to Alberta.  (read article + see video)
male(left) and female (right) Asian gypsy moths - shown for comparison. (Photo: USDA APHIS PPQ Archive, USDA APHIS PPQ, Feb 23, 2013: (CBC News) 10 Invasive Species Threatening Canadian Habitats - Numerous non-native species are causing damage to Canada's ecosystems.  Thee of the ten organisms discussed in this article are insects.  Two originated in Asia and the third in Europe.     (read article)
Some of the 1,700 marked infested trees in Terwillegar Towne in Edmonton on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. Photograph by: John Lucas , Edmonton Journal Nov. 29, 2012: (Edmonton Journal) Huge infestation threatens southwest neighborhood trees - EDMONTON - Southwest Edmonton neighbourhoods are suffering a serious infestation of lilac ash borers that’s putting the future of 1,700 boulevard and park trees at risk. ..... (read more)
University of Alberta master’s graduate Charlene Wood with some of the dead-wood beetles she has discovered in the boreal forest of Alberta. Photograph by: John Ulan, University of Alberta Oct. 24, 2012: (U of A) Alberta forest yields beetle species discovery for grad student - EDMONTON - In the boreal forest of northwestern Alberta, Charlene Wood set out to study the dead and ended up discovering new life.  The University of Alberta master’s ..... (read more)
Brown marmorated stink bug (photo: R. Bercha) Oct. 16, 2012: ( It doesn’t sting — but it stinks - They’re ugly, they smell, and for some reason they like Hamilton. The brown marmorated stink bug is a long name for an insect known for the cilantro like odour it gives off when squished. But its smell is probably ..... (read more)
University of Alberta professor Tom Terzin holds an image of a perfectly preserved extinct moth that will soon become part of his personal collection.Photograph by: Handout , Postmedia News Oct. 13, 2012: ( Alberta biologist thrilled by gift of extinct moth - A dead moth will be delivered to Tom Terzin any day now, which doesn’t sound like such a great gift. But to the University of Alberta biology professor, a popular exhibitor of some of the world’s ..... (read more)
Marc Johnson, assistant professor of biology, studies the rapid pace of evolution (photos courtesy of Marc Johnson) Oct. 10, 2012: (UofT news) Everyday evolution: insects and plants - Take a good look around on your next nature hike. Not only are you experiencing the wonders of the outdoors – you’re probably also witnessing evolution in action. New research from the University of Toronto ..... (read more)
White-lined Sphinx Moth (photo: R. Bercha) Oct. 9, 2012: (Olds Albertan) Hummingbird-like insect creates local excitement - At first Sandra Comer thought she witnessed the spellbinding movements of a tiny elusive hummingbird in front of her house, hovering above her flowers; its wings flapping in ..... (read more)
Brown marmorated stink bug - BC ministry of agriculture Oct. 2, 2012: (Newsworld) Stink bug: Folks asked to be on the lookout for Asian invader to B.C. - B.C. agriculture officials are raising a stink about a tiny terror that can do large damage to crops.  Small in stature, it measures just 13 to 17 millimeters, less than half an inch. ..... (read more)
Al Browning, shown with his wife Marion outside of their mobile home in Surrey on Wednesday, fears zombie bees may have made their way north of the border.Photograph by: Mark van Manen , Province Sept. 27, 2012: (Newsworld) Insects: Look out for the zombie bees (and other bugs) -  Al Browning was awakened from sleep a week ago when his back porch security light started flashing wildly at 3 a.m.It might have been an intruder, but the Surrey retiree found something ..... (read more)
John Acorn won the Royal Society of Canada's 2012 McNeil Medal, awarded for outstanding ability to promote and communicate science to students and the public withini Canada. Sept. 13, 2012: (UofA) John Acorn wins the Royal Society of Canada award for promoting science - And the winner is... John Acorn! Again! John Acorn won the 2012 Royal Society of Canada’s McNeil Medal, awarded for outstanding ability to promote and  ..... (read more)
Recently killed and fading lodgepole pine. (photo: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Sept. 9, 2012: (Dailyherald tribune) Pine beetles continue to devastate boreal forest - The Alberta Environment Minister Diana McQueen got a first-hand look at what’s left of the boreal forest after mountain pine beetles turned pockets of green waves into seas of red.  ..... (read more)
 Adult excavating tunnel.  Although this tree is still producing pitch, it has been heavily attacked by mountain pine beetle, and this adult beetle is excavating a larval gallery, treading the oozing pitch.  (photo: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Sept. 8, 2012: (CBC) Alberta forests threatened by pine beetle infestation - The Alberta government is looking to a neighbour for lessons on how to fend off a pine beetle infestation, which threatens the province’s forests and even its forestry workers. "They are pretty amazing ..... (read more)
Fire ants are seen in this undated photo. Oak Bay B.C. is being overrun by aggressive European Fire ants. - Public Domain/USDA Sept. 5, 2012: (metro) European fire ants overrunning Oak Bay, B.C., no solution in sight - Oak Bay resident Shelley Sullivan is afraid of stepping foot in her own backyard. Just one misstep could land her with a foot swollen to triple its size. “I remember being out in a ..... (read more)
Emerald ash borer adult feeding on ash leaf. (Photo: Leah Bauer, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Aug. 16, 2012: ( Invasive bug making its mark in region - The presence of Emerald Ash Borer has been identified in the County of Frontenac. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency made the discovery at a private campground near the town of Mountain ..... (read more)
Yellow Jackets eating left over chicken. (Photo: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Aug. 13, 2012: (Edmonton Sun) Benefits to big number of bugs - “The vast majority of bugs are either beneficial to us or kind of neutral. The number that are pests are actually amazingly low for their overall populations, but those are the ones we tend to notice,” said Mike Jenkins, ..... (read more)
An employee looks at a giant representation of a mosquito at the Darwin Centre at The Natural History Museum on September 8, 2009 in London, England. Getty Images/Peter Macdiarmid Aug. 12, 2012: (metro) Genetically modified mosquitoes divide scientists - It’s an excruciating disease that has earned the name “breakbone fever.” The World Health Organization estimates there are at least 50 million cases of Dengue fever around the world each year, primarily..... (read more)
Cherry-faced Meadowhawk resting on a tree. (Photo: R. Bercha) Aug. 11, 2012: (Calgary Sun) Slough of bugs to check out - I think that if I come back in my next life as a country musician, I’m gonna form a band called the Cherry-Faced Meadowhawks. We’ll play bluegrass music, of course, heavy on the mandolin and fiddle, and we’ll zip around ..... (read more)
An adult potato leafhopper is shown with a nymph. The insect's toxic saliva is devastating Ontario alfalfa crops. The hot, dry weather has provided ideal breeding conditions and the illusion that drought — not the insect — is to blame for stunted crops. (Handout: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture) Aug. 6, 2012: (Ottawa Sun) Insect Ravaging Alfalfa Crops - An horde of insidious insects has been poisoning crops and using the drought to cover the crime.  Potato leafhoppers, usually rare in Ontario, are ravaging alfalfa crops. Not content to merely feed on the alfalfa’s juices..... (read more)
Public health labs are testing for mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus. (James Gathany/CDC) Aug. 1, 2012: (CBC) West Nile cases confirmed in Ontario and Manitoba - Health officials are warning people to take precautions against mosquito bites after three new cases of West Nile virus were identified. The illness is spread from birds to people through the bite of ..... (read more)
A warmer winter in alot of Canada may mean that mosquites will be out and about earlier then usual. (Photo: David Cappaert, Michigan State University, )  Aug. 1, 2012: (CBC) Toronto mosquitoes with West Nile virus at record high - Toronto Public Health says the number of mosquitoes found to have West Nile virus is at a record high this summer, likely due to the warm weather. "This year the risk seems to be a bit higher..... (read more)
Japanese Beetle. (photo: David Cappaert, Michigan State University, July 31, 2012: (CBC) Invasive Japanese beetle devouring plants in Ontario - The Japanese beetle is destroying plants across Windsor Essex.
The insect thrives in hot sunny summer weather so this year has been particularly good for the beetle but bad for farmers and gardeners.
..... (read more)
A adult diamondback moth - Plutella xylostella. (photo: Mark Dreiling, Retired, July 5, 2012: (Alberta Farmer) Rain Keeps a Lid on Some Bug Populations in Alberta - Rain makes grain but it apparently doesn't make bugs. Alberta Agriculture pest specialist Scott Meers in his latest Call of the Land interview says abundant moisture is keeping a lid on ..... (read more)
Monarch butterflies were found as far north as Edmonton this year. (photo: Jennifer E. Dacey, University of Rhode Island, Jun. 21, 2012: (CBC) Monarch butterflies make surprise appearance in central Alberta - The hearts of lepidopterists in Alberta are fluttering over a new kind of royal visit. An unprecedented migration of monarch butterflies has brought the fragile, orange-and-black ..... (read more)
Mosquito biting a human. (photo: Jim Occi, BugPics, Jun. 4, 2012: (CTV) Will warm winter lead to more insect carried diseases? - Winter haters in some parts of Canada got a major break this year, with one of the mildest seasons in memory.  But as we head towards summer, there may be a price to pay for the lack of the frigid temp ..... (read more)
A Mourning Cloak butterfly. (photo: G. Frederick) May 16, 2012: (CBC) Canada's Butterfly Migration is Largest on Record - Butterflies have migrated across Eastern Canada this spring in unprecedented numbers, reflecting the warm winter throughout North America and raising alarm bells about what it might mean for other  ..... (read more)
Bed Bug. (photo: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, May 11, 2012: (CBC) Bedbugs with Drug-resistant Bacteria Found - Residents of an impoverished area of Vancouver were infested with bedbugs carrying antibiotic-resistant bacteria, say researchers who warn doctors to watch out for the potential problem. The letter in ..... (read more)
A women preparing to spray for mosquitos. (Larry R. Barber, USDA Forest Service, Apr. 27, 2012: (National Post) Winnipeg is Bracing for an Early Mosquito Invasion - With an early snow melt in Winnipeg this year Mosquitoes are expected to emerge sooner than normal. National Post reporter K. Carlson talks with Winnipeg city councilor S. Fielding about the city’s insect control branch’s larvicide program.  (read article)
Apr. 26, 2012: (NRC) Insects and Diseases - Native insects and diseases play an essential ecological role in Canada’s forests. By consuming trees and other plant material, forest insects and micro-organisms contribute to healthy change and regeneration in forest ecosystems. They ..... (read more)
The strawberries-and-cream Frappuccino at Starbucks contains an extract from cochineal, which is used to give the beverage a reddish tinge. (Paul Sakuma/Associated Press) Mar. 29, 2012: (CBC News) Bug Extract in Starbucks Touted as Healthy Alternative - Starbucks is listening to the consumer push for more natural foods.  By using an extract made from the ground-up bodies of insects.  This fact has gone viral after a vegan barista who works ..... (read more)
Photo courtesy AgriCan Mar. 22, 2012: (Vauxhall Advance) Be on the Lookout for Beetles and Midges - While there has not been substantial crop damage that has occurred from a couple of prominent pests found in southern Alberta, vigilance is still needed when  combating the cereal leaf beetle and ..... (read more)
Bugs will be out sooner. (Photo: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Mar. 21, 2012: (CBC News) Mild Winter Weather will get bugs buzzing sooner - The onset of summer means longer days, warm, breezy nights — and a possible onslaught of winged pests dive-bombing onto the heads of Canadians. A record mild winter and projected warm ..... (read more)
Emerald ash borer adult feeding on an ash leaf.(photo: Debbie Miller, USDA Forest Service, Mar. 12, 2012:  (southwestern) Emerald Ash Borer Getting Closer to Bruce County - The emerald ash borers has been spotted close to Bruce County and forestry technician Ken Goldsmith says now is the time to plan for the day when it arrives. The highly destructive insect, ..... (read more)
Typical prairie scenery. (photo: R. Bercha) Jan. 30, 2012: (Grainews) Warm Weather, no Snow Mixed Blessings for Prairie Insects - Insect populations overwintering in Western Canada are likely enjoying the warmer-than-normal temperatures seen across the Prairies this winter, but the lack of snow cover could ..... (read more)
Gypsy moth caterpillar, Lymantria dispar. (photo: Jon Yuschock, Jan. 19, 2012: (CTV) Climate change brings alien species to Canada: study - Spurred on by climate change, alien species are invading Canada, but researchers and policy makers aren’t paying attention, according to a new report.  The report, ..... (read more)
Asian Longhorn Beetle. (photo: Pest and Diseases Image Library, Jan. 10, 2012: ( Ontario’s Maple Trees Threatened by Longhorn Beetles, Environment Watchdog Warns - The iconic maple tree is at risk in Ontario unless the province does more to protect the species from the twin threats of long-horned beetles and climate ..... (read more)
Pine Beetle galleries on pine bark. (Photo: Ronald F. Billings, Texas Forest Service, Nov. 20, 2011: (CTV) Pine Beetles Defying Anti-infestation Efforts in Alberta - Mountain pine beetles are still thriving in parts of Alberta and are spreading east despite $300 million and years of effort to thwart the tiny tree-killers. A new generation of bugs took flight this ..... (read more)
Brown Spruce Longhorn. (photo: Georgette Smith, Canadian Forest Service, Sept. 1, 2011: (CBC News) Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle Found in N.B. - The presence of the brown spruce longhorn beetle near a campground within the Kouchibouguac National Park in eastern New Brunswick was confirmed Wednesday by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. ..... (read more)

Forest fire. (photo: Wayne Adkins, USDA Forest Service,

Aug. 31, 2011: (Calgary Herald) Alberta Pine Beetle not Fire Bug - Yet - An infestation of the dreaded mountain pine beetle into Alberta’s vast northern forests was nowhere near the areas where wildfires devastated communities and brought oil and gas operations to a ..... (read more)
Dr. Owen Lonsdale oversees the 16 million specimens in the Canadian National Collection. (photo: Peggy Greb, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Aug. 28, 2011: (Ottawa Citizen) One in a Million: The Entomologist - For two years, Owen Lonsdale did his post-doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., where an entire floor was devoted to flies, which, he ..... (read more)
Bombus moderatus. (photo: R. Bercha) Aug. 19, 2011: (Edmonton Journal) There's a New Bee in Town - A buzz is circulating about a new species of bumble-bee, bombus moderatus, that has been spotted in backyards across Edmonton.  The fuzzy pollinator has a distinctive white bottom, and usually prefers northern and ..... (read more)
Mike Jenkins, a biological sciences technician with the City of Edmonton, examines a jar of mosquito larvae. Aug. 11, 2011: (National Post) Edmontonians do Not Welcome Their New Insect Overlords - Choking hordes of mosquitoes. Torrents of excrement-spewing aphids. After enduring an early summer plagued with downpours, Edmontonians are grappling with a 20-year..... (read more)
Tick. (photo: Gary Alpert, Harvard University, Aug. 8, 2011: (Edson Leader) Beware of Lyme Disease - There have been no further reports of Lyme disease causing ticks since five ticks in the Edmonton and Calgary regions were discovered in mid-July to have the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes the disease. ..... (read more)
Brown Marmorated Stinkbug. (photo: Susan Ellis, Aug. 4, 2011: (London Free Press) Stink Bug Sizes Up Ontario - A voracious, invasive insect is closing in on Ontario crops and homes, having sucked its way through millions of dollars of produce in one American region last year alone.  The brown marmorated stink bug has ..... (read more)
Bertha armyworms - currently not a serious issue in Alberta. (photo: David Gent, USDA Agricultural Research Service, July 21, 2011: (Grainews) Alberta - Good News on Bugs, Bad on Disease - In his latest Call of the Land weekly interview, Alberta Agriculture pest specialist Scott Meers has mostly good news on insect pressure in the province.  Meers says four weeks into the six-week ..... (read more)
The German Yellowjacket. (photo: R. Bercha) July 14, 2011: (Western Star) - Scientists Studying Migration of German Yellowjacket - DEER LAKE — Summer months mean swimming, barbecues and insects — lots and lots of insects. This summer, people in Deer Lake have noticed some interesting new bugs they have ..... (read more)
Humming Bird Clearwing - the mystery insect. (photo: L. Gibos) June 16, 2011: (Edmonton Sun) Bug Mystery Solved - The Sun asked, and you answered. Well, argued.  But, now we're clearing things up.  The unidentified flying object gracing the Edmonton Sun's website Wednesday is, in fact, a moth.  A hummingbird clearwing moth, to be exact...... (read more)
Cinara sp. aphids. (photo: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, June 11, 2011: (St Alberta Gazette) Big Bugs Stalk City - Crimson swarms and big black monsters are swarming some local trees and lawns. But don’t worry, says the city — these bugs are mostly harmless. City staffers started getting calls about cinara aphids on spruce a few weeks ago ..... (read more)
Honey bees. (photo: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Forestry Archive, May 21, 2011: (Edmonton Sun) Those Black & Yellow Insects are Dropping in NumbersMay 29th is the day that over 140 municipalities across Canada will be celebrating the "Day of the Honey Bee." The celebration is the brainchild of Clinton Shane Ekdahl, a beekeeper in ..... (read more)
Aerial view of severe tree mortality in lodgepole pine. (photo: William M. Ciesla, Forest Health Management International, Apr. 4, 2011: (e! Science News) Mountain Pine Beetle Marching East From Alberta - (Edmonton) A University of Alberta-led research team has determined that the mountain pine beetle has invaded jack pine forests in Alberta, opening up the possibility for an infestation that..... (read more)
Bumble Bee nectaring at a flower. (photo: R. Bercha) Mar. 23, 2011: (Record-Gazette) Bees – How Sweet the Sound: Part 2 - As we learned during Part One of the Bees -- how sweet the sound, bees are so valuable, in so many ways, to human beings. But for humans to benefit, the magnificent insects must be housed and well looked after ..... (read more)
Sap leaking from a tree. (photo: Darren Blackford, USDA Forest Service, Mar. 28, 2011: (U of A) Tree Resin the Key Evidence of Current and Historic Insect Invasions - A University of Alberta-led research team has discovered that insects that bore into trees as long ago 90 million years, or as recently as last summer, leave a calling..... (read more)
Courtesy of Mar. 17, 2011: (Sault Star) Great Lakes Forestry Centre able to Study More Insects in Retrofitted Area - The fight against invasive species is about to intensify. A nearly one-year multi-million-dollar retrofit of 16,000 square-feet of existing Great Lakes Forestry Centre floor..... (read more)
Mar. 16, 2011: (Record-Gazette) Bees – How Sweet the Sound - Bees – honeybees the perpetuators of so many beautiful and necessary things in life – flowers – food. They have been in our part of North America – northern Alberta for, perhaps 100 years. But, bees and their worth ..... (read more)
Workers and queen bee on comb. (photo: Carl Dennis, Auburn University, Mar. 10, 2011: (Globe & Mail) Honeybee Colonies are Collapsing, but not all Hope is Lost - The global food crisis has prompted experts to point the finger at everything from stressed farmland to high oil prices to the impact of futures markets. Now a United Nations report ..... (read more)
Engorged after blood meal; Bed bug feeding on an adult human's arm. (photo: Gary Alpert, Harvard University, Mar. 10, 2011: (Winnipeg Free Press) Province Declares War on Bedbugs - The province will unveil its $770,000 battle plan against bedbugs today to enlist Manitobans of every stripe to get the upper hand on the pests that have infested many homes and businesses across the ..... (read more)
Pine beetle. (photo: USDA Forest Service - Reg 8 - S. Archive, USDA Forest Service, Mar. 3, 2011: (Edmonton Sun) Province Ready for Pine Beetle Battle - The tiny mountain pine beetle has cost Alberta taxpayers $255 million since 2005 and another $8 billion is on the line. The province this year plans to cut and burn a record 170,000 infested pines in west-central ..... (read more)
Pine killed by beetle with blues stain fungus, a cross section of log. (Photo: Ronald F. Billings, Texas Forest Service, Jan. 24, 2011: (e! Science News) Genome of Blue Stain Fungus Evolved to Bypass Tree Defense in Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic - The genome of the fungus that helps mountain pine beetles infect and kill lodgepole pines has been decoded in a University ..... (read more)
As part of a yearly program to determine tree mortality, a core is taken from a tree.   (Photo: Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia, Nov. 9, 2010: (Vancouver Sun) Alberta Slowly Winning Pine-Beetle Battle - Alberta’s forests have received a temporary reprieve in the battle with their most voracious enemy. Recent ground and aerial surveys show the mountain pine beetle’s progress through the province’s ..... (read more)
Oct. 19, 2010: (Cda Post) Low Value Definitive's: Beneficial Insects - They skitter, scamper, and sometimes sting; we call them bugs for our own reasons. But, as any veteran gardener will tell you, one person’s pest is another person’s helper. In 2007, Canada Post paid..... (read more)
Sept. 28, 2010: (CBC) VIDEO: Meet Edmonton bug guy Peter Heule - No need to be afraid of the creepy crawlies. The bug expert at the Royal Alberta Museum, Peter Heule, shares his love of insects with the CBC's David Gerow in a new CBC News segment, The Heart of Edmonton. ..... (see video)
Georges Brossard: "I dream about them, I eat them - I love bugs" (Photo: BBC) Apr. 5, 2010: (BBC) The Canadian Insect Collector Who Eats His SpecimensCanadian entomologist George Brossard is an avid promoter of insects. He actively promotes insect education through his support of insect museums or insectariums and the TV series “Insectia”.  Brossard was instrumental in the founding of N. America’s largest insectarium in Montreal.  (read article)
John Swann, right, and Robert Longair are working on the U of C’s collection of 1.5 million insect specimens. / Photo: Ken Bendiktsen Feb. 10, 2010 (UToday) Bug Collection Yields New Discoveries - The University of Calgary’s insect collection contains over 1.5 million specimens, of which the majority have not been analyzed, reviewed and identified. Recent work by researchers at the university has resulted in the formal recognition of two plant bugs that are new to Alberta.  (read article)
An insect underwater. (photo: R. Bercha) Aug. 11, 2008: (UofA News Archive) A Bug's Life ... In a Bubble - University of Alberta researcher Morris Flynn has completed a study that investigates how insects are able to stay underwater without drowning. The secret lies in the waxy water repellant exteriors of these insects which allows air to be trapped in an air bubble called a plastron.  (read article)
Cottony Ash Psyllid - photo courtesy City of Saskatoon May 15, 2008: (Red Deer Advocate) Red Deer Prepares for Insect Battle - The city of Red Deer is predicting that it will have major issues with cottony ash psyllid, yellowheaded spruce sawfly and mosquites.  The city intends to use appropriate control programs.   (read article)


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