New insect named after local researcher

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Former Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC) entomologist Peter de Groot, who passed away in 2010, recently had an insect named after him. The Xeris degrooti is a wood wasp (or horntail) in the Siricidae family.

Natural Resources CanadaThe insect was named after de Groot to reflect the contribution he made toward better understanding the Siricidae family of insects and for his efforts in collecting numerous live and preserved specimens.

Peter de Groot was a research scientist in Applied Insect Ecology. During his career, he carried out research on numerous insects and his contributions to the science of forest entomology were numerous and diverse.

He published journal articles on all five of the newest alien invasive species that currently plague Canadian forests: the larger pine shoot beetle, brown spruce longhorn beetle, emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, and Sirex woodwasp, which he studied most recently. At the time of his death, he was co-editing a book on the insect.

During his distinguished career, de Groot received many accolades. He published 69 scientific papers in refereed journals, 7 books, 12 book chapters and many publications in conference proceedings, government publications and reports, among a long list of accomplishments.