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Saturday, December 1, 2018. 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm. Eighth Annual Quimby F. Hess Lecture. Royal Ontario Museum Theatre.

ARACHNOPHOBES TO ARACHNOPHILES: FRIENDLY SPIDERS IN YOUR HOUSE, GARDENS AND PARKS
Christopher Buddle

This event is free but you must pre-register. Please RSVP as “Public” (unless you have a ROM membership). A reception for TEA members and the Hess family will follow the lecture. Entrance will be through the group entrance of the ROM.Please note that registering for this lecture does not grant you entry into museum galleries.

Explore the natural history of spiders you might find in your basement, backyard, or local forest, and clear up some of the myths about one of the world’s most misunderstood creatures. With over 40,000 known species, spiders are among the most diverse animals on the planet and occupy virtually all habitable regions of the planet, from the rainforests of Panama to the slopes of Mount Everest. While they are loathed by many and often thought of as deadly, venomous creatures, spiders are essential for ecosystems and help us in immense ways, such as eating crop pests and providing food for highly valued wildlife. Presenting some fascinating spiders facts, including their ability to balloon up into the atmosphere and their unique and diverse uses of silk, this lecture may just help arachnophobes become arachnophiles.

Chris Buddle is a Professor of Entomology and Dean of Students at McGill University, where he has worked since 2002. His research has been focused on the biodiversity and natural history of insects and spiders, and he has studied these amazing animals in tree canopies, agricultural fields, and for the past decade, in Arctic Canada. Chris has published close to 100 scientific papers, has received national awards for his research and teaching, and is deeply committed to sharing knowledge about insects and spiders. This year, Chris, along with co-author Dr. Eleanor Spicer Rice (an entomologist and writer from North Carolina) has published a book on common spiders which contains the stories of some of the spiders you would encounter in your house, garden, or local park.

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 and their respective spouses Laura and John. The public are invited. A member of Quimby Hess' family will say a few words about his life.

 

 

New monographs

Spiders of Toronto. This is a revised version (2018) and is part of the City of Toronto's Biodiversity Series.

When Alan Wormington passed away, he left behind a mostly-completed 130-page manuscript on the butterflies of Point Pelee National Park. Ross Layberry has filled in many of the gaps, and here is the modified manuscript. We hope that in the future, it will be possible to fully complete the manuscript and publish it under TEA auspices. Contact Alan Macnaughton or Bill Lamond for more details.

 

 

Other Insect Activities and News

The latest issue of Ontario Lepidoptera, reporting on butterfly and moth observations for 2017, was distributed in June 2018.

 

TBG’s Urban Ravine Symposium: Explore, Restore and Celebrate Friday, November 2, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Toronto Botanical Garden

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Annotated checklist of the moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera) of Canada and Alaska. January 2018. 580-page PDF is free - buy hardcover at Pensoft

Prairie Provinces Butterfly Atlas is launched (Sept. 2017). See instructions and explanation.

Latest Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada.

Latest Newsletter of the Entomological Society of Ontario

An article on the Azure blues of Ontario has been published by Chris Schmidt and Ross Layberry. This article proposes big changes for the classifications of this genus. See this page for a summary of the article.

Deadlines for submission to our newsletter: September 2018 issue - August 15; January 2019 issue - December 15; and April 2019 issue - March 15;

The publications "Butterflies of Toronto" and "Spiders of Toronto" have been posted online. Copies are also available in Toronto public libraries.

 

 

PNTO



 

The TEA is an affiliated group of ProtectNatureTO, a new group which is working towards preserving Toronto's natural heritage. Karen Yukich of the TEA is an active member of this group.

 

Ebutterfly
 
Try out www.e-butterfly.org, 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. The TEA has received about 55,00 records records from eButterfly, which is about 20% of all data used in the TEA's butterfly atlas.

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

Do you have Ontario butterfly records that you could make available to the TEA? Over 400 people now contribute records to us annually, which we use to produce the Ontario Butterfly Atlas Online and an annual seasonal summary (Ontario Lepidoptera ) of records for each species for the just-completed year. The seasonal summary also serves as a forum for notes and articles on aspects of biology, distribution, behaviour, survey work, etc. Photographs are also welcome, especially of significant records. Submit your records, notes, articles and photographs to Ross Layberry(rosslayberry@yahoo.ca), Jessica Linton (JessicaLinton86@gmail.com) or Colin Jones (colin.jones@ontario.ca). We encourage people to submit records by December 31, but records for inclusion in the atlas database are welcome at any time -- data from years ago is valuable as well.

More information on the summary, how to submit records, and a downloadable records template can be found at this link or by contacting any of the people above.

Ontario records of odonata are also welcomed. We do not have an odonata atlas or a seasonal summary at the moment, but we like to get there. More information on how to submit records, and a downloadable records template, can be obtained from Colin Jones (colin.jones@ontario.ca), 705-755-2166.

 

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

 

Many older TEA publications are now available for free download on our publications page. This includes all back issues of our annual seasonal summary (Ontario Lepidoptera), other than the two most recent issues -- over 2,000 pages of observations spanning more than 35 years. Copies of our newsletter (Ontario Insects) from 1994 to 2015 are also available.

Our Association

The Toronto Entomologists' Association (TEA) 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 TEA 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.

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.

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