New Brunswick experienced its first recorded outbreak of hemlock looper, Lambdina fiscellaria fiscellaria (Guenée) (Lepidoptera: Geometridae), in 1989 (Magasi1990). Since 1993, populations have remained at endemic levels. From 1989 to 1994, when annual egg surveys were conducted (from October to April) on balsam fir, Abies balsamea (Linnaeus) Miller (Pinaceae) to forecast the next years' population for planning foliage protection programs, the egg parasitoids Trichogramma minutum Riley (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) (Hartling et al. 1991) and Telenomus near alsophilae Viereck (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) were frequently reared from overwintering looper eggs. We believe two factors can cause an underestimation of egg parasitism rates by Telenomus near alsophilae: (i) eggs parasitized by Telenomus near alsophilae can be difficult to identify, and need to be reared to detect the black shading on the chorion which ranges from a mere dark spot to some gradation of black over the entire surface; and (ii) additional parasitism by this parasitoid might occur in spring. Our estimates of egg parasitism rates were as high as 23% (n = 93) from spring-collected looper eggs incorrectly classified as viable until incubated in the laboratory. We describe part of an experiment that confirms spring parasitism by this species, and illustrate the implications to operational looper control operations.