Joe Elkington, a researcher at UMass, is looking for assistance in finding populations of winter moth, Bruce spanworm or other geometrid moths in central and southwest Connecticut. His full email (sent to Katherine Dugas at the Experiment Station) is below. He would like to sample populations within the next two weeks and will come down to Connecticut to collect samples. Anyone who knows of a population of these moths and wishes to help should contact Joe directly, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am writing because we are interested in making collections from any
moderate to high density populations of winter moths, Bruce spanworm or
geometrids of any sort that you have in central or Southwest
Connecticut. I remember we trapped winter moths in Milford several
years ago but no outbreaks ever ensued. My student Hannah Broadley and I
would like to figure out why that is. We are collaborating on this
project with Nathan Havill of the U.S. Forest Service in Hamden. He has
developed DNA techniques that improve our ability to detect hybrids
between winter moth and Bruce spanworm. Hybridization may be one of the
factors that impede winter moth spread and prevent outbreaks. So we
would like to collect the caterpillars from this area if you know of any
populations where densities are high enough to collect. Please forward
this message to any contact or arborists who might help us out. We would
come to collect samples immediately. Time to collect would be any time over the
next two weeks or so. The field season passes quickly with these
geometrids. We seek sites with some evidence of leaf damage. At most
sites densities of Bruce spanworm, are too low to collect any at all.
Many thanks for your help.