Responses of Syrphids, Elaterids and Bees to Single-tree Selection Harvesting in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario


  • Erica Nol Biology Department, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7B8
  • Hume Douglas Biology Department, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7B8
  • William J. Crins Planning and Research Section, Ontario Parks, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, 300 Water Street, Peterborough, Ontario K9J 8M5



single-tree selection logging, syrphids, hoverflies, Syrphidae, click beetles, Elateridae, bees, Apoidea, Algonquin Provincial Park, hardwood forests


The species composition of hoverflies (Syrphidae), click beetles (Elateridae), and bees (Apoidea) was studied to determine whether there was a positive response in these flower-seeking insect groups to gaps in the canopy created through single-tree selection harvesting of Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) and Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniensis) in hardwood forests of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forest region of Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario. There were significantly more hoverflies and bees collected in forest stands harvested within the previous five years than in wilderness zone (unharvested at least for 40 years) stands or stands harvested 15-20 years previously (old logged stands). Click beetles, especially Selatosomus pulcher (LeConte), were collected most often in old logged stands. Bees and click beetles were collected significantly later in the season in logged than in wilderness zone stands. Malaise traps resulted in higher capture rates for syrphids than pan traps, and only with these higher capture rates did we detect a significant increase in species richness in recently logged stands over that in wilderness stands. Changes in the numbers and phenology of flower-visiting insects may impact on reproductive success of flowering plants of the forest understory and deserves further study.