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Growing number of spruce budworms in Quebec forests

trees damaged by budworm; Photo Courtesy of Service de la gestion des ravageurs forestiers, Ministère des Ressouces naturelles du Québec.JPGThe spruce budworm is a type of moth that attacks Canada's true fir and spruce trees, gradually leaving behind millions of hectares of dead forest.

The insect has been gaining ground again in Quebec forests and is now being observed in the Lower Saint Lawrence and Gaspé regions, where it has affected 100 000 hectares of forest, up from 12 000 hectares last year.

Enthomologist Pierre Therrien from the Ministry of Natural Resources explained to us how the budworm is gaining ground.

budworm_ budworm; Photo Courtesy of Service de la gestion des ravageurs forestiers, Ministère des Ressouces naturelles du Québec.JPG

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