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Next Meeting


1) Friday, November 21, 2014. 8pm - 10pm+


The weekly "Friday Night Live" evening is entitled, "Get Wild!", and it includes two events of special interest to TEA members:

(a) A book signing by the four co-authors of the new ROM Field Guide to the Butterflies of Ontario. This is your chance to meet and mingle with Peter Hall, Colin Jones, Antonia Guidotti and Brad Hubley.

(b) A first peek at the new "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" gallery, featuring many stunning images.

Location: Royal Ontario Museum main galleries
Entry fee to the ROM: $12: click here to buy tickets for this event. Adults only. Friday Night Live is a ROM pub night. All galleries are open and drinks may be purchased.

2) Saturday, November 22, 2014. 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm. Fourth Annual Quimby F. Hess Lecture. Royal Ontario Museum Third Floor Centre Block. Enter through the group entrance (President's Choice School Entrance), off of Queen's Park, at the south end of the museum.
Georges Brossard

click here for free registration for this event -- This is a popular speaker, and the ROM wants to keep track of how many are coming, to be sure there is room.

Georges Brossard is perhaps the best-known Canadian insect person. He is an exceptional communicator, having made over 1,000 presentations as well as serving as host for the Insectia and The Bug Man series broadcast on the Discovery Channel and elsewhere. He holds honourary doctorates from McGill University and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. He is the founder of the Montreal Insectarium, and in support of that he donated his collection of 500,000 specimens to the City of Montreal. He has also founded the Newfoundland Insectarium, the Quebec Insectarium, the New Orleans Insectarium, the Shanghai Insectarium and Africa's Insectarium (in South Africa). He is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Quebec.

Quimby F. Hess was a TEA president and a member of the TEA for over 40 years. This lecture is sponsored in his memory by his children, Jane and Robert Hess. The public are invited. A member of Quimby Hess' family will say a few words about his life. After the talk, there will be a free reception for the lecturer, TEA members and their guests, and the Hess family.


Other Insect Activities and News

The publications "Butterflies of Toronto" and "Spiders of Toronto" have now been posted online (August, 2014). Copies are also available in Toronto public libraries.

Read more Ontario insect news: see the July 2014 newsletter of the Entomological Society of Ontario. Also see the September 2014 newsletter (the Bulletin) of the Entomological Society of Canada.

Susan Frye of the University of Toronto has won the W. John D. Eberlie research grant award for 2014 for her work on honeybees.

John Powers and his "Incredible World of Bugs" exhibit will be visiting various shopping malls and festivals across Ontario until October 2014.

Our seasonal summary for the year 2013, Ontario Lepidoptera, was published in July 2014.

Xi Wang's 33-page report The Pipevine Swallowtail: Life Cycle and Ecology was published in November 2012. The price is $5 for members and $7 for non-members, plus postage (if not picked up at a meeting).


For a list of general nature events in Ontario, see Richard Aaron's page.


Try out, a website for entering and displaying butterfly records put together by Maxim Larrivée of the Montreal Insectarium. The TEA is one of the sponsoring organizations. All Ontario data is provided to the TEA seasonal summaries and butterfly atlas project, so “eButterfly” provides an alternative way to store and submit your data. The hope is that this will be easier than entering the data yourself on a spreadsheet, as his site saves each person’s own past butterfly monitoring sites and allows the species observed to be checked off from a provincial species list. eButterfly now accepts records from all across Canada and the US. In August 2014, eButterfly reached 100,000 records.

Keep in mind that all records submitted to eButterfly are plotted as exact points on the publicly-accessible eButterfly maps, unless you specifically ask for the data to be recorded as “sensitive” or “confidential.” This may be important if you are submitting records of endangered species or you are reporting data from areas for which there is no public access.


Records needed for seasonal summaries

Do you have butterfly and/or odonate (dragonfly and damselfly) records that you would like to submit to the annual provincial summaries? The Toronto Entomologists’ Association (T.E.A.) produces two annual summaries (Ontario Lepidoptera and Ontario Odonata) that serve to compile and summarize the records of these insect groups across the province of Ontario. These publications also serve as a forum for notes and articles on aspects of biology, distribution, behaviour, survey work, etc. Photographs are also welcome, especially of significant records.

This fall and winter, the Editors and Compilers of Ontario Lepidoptera are currently soliciting records, notes, articles and photographs from the 2012 season. More information on the summary, how to submit records, and a downloadable records template can be found at this link or by contacting either Colin Jones ( Tel 705-755-2166) or Ross Layberry ( Submissions are being accepted until January 31, 2013.

The Editors and Compilers of Ontario Odonata are currently soliciting records, notes, articles and photographs from the 2006-2012 seasons. The plan is to combine the records from these years into a single volume with a new format. More information on the summary, how to submit records, and a downloadable records template can be found by contacting Colin Jones (colin.jones@ontario.caTel: 705-755-2166).

The editors and compilers of both summaries are also interested in receiving any and all records from previous years that have not yet been submitted so that they can be added to the atlas databases.

Past Lepidoptera summaries from 1969 to 2006-07 are available for download at this link.

MNR Permit

Raise or collect monarch butterflies or swallowtails? Anyone who is involved in these activities needs a permit. Contact us if you are a TEA member and want to be covered by the club's permit.

Our Publications

Ontario Lepidoptera 2011 appeared in print in April 2012: the latest of our butterfly summaries; moths are also included in years when a volunteer is available.

The Bumble Bees of Algonquin Provincial Park: A Field Guide -- also new November 2010.

Checklist of the Butterflies of the Toronto Region, 3rd edition, 2007. Includes flight seasons. Compiled by Barry Harrison. Available as a free download.

Many older TEA publications are now available for free download on our publications page. This includes all back issues of our annual seasonal summary other than the two most recent issues -- over 2,000 pages of observations spanning more than 30 years. Copies of our Ontario Insects newsjournal from 1994 to 2005 are also available.

Our Association

The Toronto Entomologists' Association (T.E.A.) welcomes everyone who is interested in the insects of Ontario. We are an association of mostly amateur entomologists. Although our meetings are held in Toronto, we extend far beyond that in our field trips, our membership, and our seasonal summaries. Come to our meetings, join us on our field trips, purchase our publications, apply for the research grant, join us! The T.E.A. is a registered charity and a non-profit educational and scientific organization formed to promote interest in insects, to encourage co-operation among amateur and professional entomologists, to educate and inform non-entomologists about insects, entomology and related fields, to aid in the preservation of insects and their habitats and to issue publications in support of these objectives.

Membership in the TEA

Anyone with an interest in insects is encouraged to join the Toronto Entomologists' Association. Please see our Membership Page for more details.

Help Insect Artists, Researchers and Authors

Volunteers needed: We are seeking to build a network of volunteers to help us survey butterflies in 13 regions that our previous research is predicting will be most impacted by global changes. The goal is to develop long term monitoring of these 13 regions and build a website through which Canadian lepidopterists share and view their observations. Contact Maxim Larrivée of the Department of Biology of the University of Ottawa at or (613) 562-5800 x2594.

Do you have an old insect collection you are not using? Amy Swartz of Toronto is looking for dead insects, including pinned ones, that she can make into works of art. She has a Master of Fine Art degree and teaches at the Toronto School of Art. She has done 64 insect pieces so far (see picture below) and she would like to do more. She will pay for shipment costs.


Tiger moth study. Specimens, data and photos of the Spotted tussock moth (L. maculata) are sought by Ken Strothkamp, Lewis & Clark College, Oregon.

Be a pollinator observer: Pollination Canada is looking for people who will record pollinator types and numbers repeatedly at a specific location. Observations can be for as little as 10 minutes at a time. TEA members would be a great fit for this research task.

DNA barcoding: Paul Hebert of the University of Guelph is leading a research group which is attempting to identify all lepidoptera species through a segment of their DNA. For this purpose, he needs to obtain up to 5 specimens of each species. For details on the species needed, see the Excel spreadsheet, which is derived from Paul Hebert's Barcode of Life site.

Did You Know?

TEA member Don Davis holds the Guiness Record for documenting the "longest migration of a butterfly." A monarch he tagged and released at Presqu'ile Provincial Park near Brighton, Ontario in September 1986 was recovered alive the following April at Austin, Texas, having spent the winter in Mexico at the overwintering sites.

Stay in Touch!

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