Is the Spruce Budworm a Returning Threat?

Posted:  Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 7:45pm

Entomologist Allison Kanoti will speak about the threat of the spruce budworm in Maine's forests at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, March 21 at noon.

The spruce budworm is considered to be one of the most destructive forest insect species in North America. This native moth, which feeds exclusively on balsam fir and spruce species, has demonstrated its potential to severely damage Maine's forests in huge outbreaks- most notably in the 1970s and 1980s. Kanoti will speak about the budworm's life cycle, how it can be managed, why scientists believe we are due for another large outbreak, and what it could mean for Maine's timber and forest recreation industries.

Allison Kanoti is a forest entomologist with the Maine Forest Service. She received her bachelor's degree in forest biology from the University of Vermont and her master's degree in forestry from the University of Maine.

This program is part of the Winter Talk series at Merryspring, sponsored by Allen Insurance & Financial. Tuesday talks are open to the public for $5, with free admittance granted for members of Merryspring.

Merryspring is your community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information on this program or any others, contact or call 207-236-2239.

Event Date: 
Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm