The creepy crawlie collector
Crystal Ernst is spending her summer chronicling Kugluktuk’s shifting array of insects
Dragonflies and grasshoppers.
When you picture these two insects, you probably imagine them in a tropical climate— or at least some place in southern Canada.
But now you can find both of these warmth-loving insects in the western Nunavut community of Kugluktuk, along with a variety of beetles, spiders, bumble bees and, of course, biting flies and mosquitoes.
The healthy and numerous bug population of Kugluktuk is one reason why Crystal Ernst, a graduate student from Montreal’s McGill Univ., came to the community this summer to collect insects and spiders.