With the recent invasion of the hemlock woolly adelgid into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the insect fauna in new growth and old growth eastern hemlock was collected to develop a species list of insects associated with eastern hemlocks, and to compare the insect fauna in relation to location and elevation. Mature hemlocks at two sites and new growth hemlocks at two sites representing high and low elevation gradients within the park were sampled from May 20 - Nov. 1, 2002. Specimens were obtained from trees at each site from Malaise/pan Traps (every 14-21 days per site), direct sampling (every 7-14 days, 30-40 min./tree, using a hand net and handpicking from three trees/site), and from pit fall traps (four traps/tree around two trees/site with samples retrieved every 14-21 days). These data will assist in future management programs and help to assess any impact to the insect fauna as a result of the invasion of the hemlock woolly adelgid on eastern hemlock.
Keywords: eastern hemlock, hemlock woolly adelgid
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