Canadian Forest Service Publications

Predicting defoliation by Choristoneura biennis (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) 2003. Nealis, V.G.; Turnquist, R. The Canadian Entomologist 135: 903-907.

Year: 2003

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 23633

Language: English

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The 2-year-cycle spruce budworm, Choristoneura biennis Free. (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), causes defoliation of spruce – subalpine fir forests in British Columbia, Canada. Historical and newly obtained data were used to develop a linear regression relating percent defoliation in the 2nd feeding year of the life cycle to the percentage of shoots damaged in the previous, 1st feeding year of the life cycle. The resulting regression was tested with independent data and correctly predicted (95% prediction intervals) defoliation in 14 of 15 stands. Patterns of defoliation were similar on white spruce, Picea glauca (Moench) Voss (Pinaceae), and subalpine fir, Abies lasiocarpa (Hook.) Nutt. (Pinaceae), and hence the regression can be used for either mixed or pure stands of either species.