What we do
About the T.E.A.
Saturday, November 21, 2015. 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm. Fifth Annual Quimby F. Hess Lecture. ROM Theatre.
RAP BATTLES AND POP: DISCOVERING THE SECRET SOUNDS OF INSECTS (advance registration required)
Enter through the main doors of the ROM on Bloor Street. Admission is free: after you register for the ROM website, your name will be on a list, and you will be given an armband giving you access to the ROM Theatre only.
Most people are familiar with insect sounds, particularly those used for advertisement over long distances, such as the familiar chirps of crickets or buzzing of cicadas. What many do not realize is that insects generate and detect an extraordinary diversity of acoustic (sound and vibration) signals that extend far beyond human sensory capabilities. In my laboratory we employ specialized instruments and methods to tap into these secret communication channels. I will discuss among other things, how caterpillars engage in rap battles, how male bark beetles croon to females inside trees, and how butterflies use hearing aids to eavesdrop on predators. The complex acoustic landscape of insects and other invertebrates remains unchartered territory ripe for further exploration."
Jayne Yack has been an Associate Professor of Biology at Carleton University since 2004. Jayne’s research focuses on sound and vibration communication in insects.
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.
People attending the lecture are also invited to a special ROM members' preview of the "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" exhibit, at no cost. This will be from 10-12, before the lecture.
Other Insect Activities and News
Deadlines for submission to our newsletter: January 2016- December 15; April 2016 Issue- March 15th; and September 2016 Issue- August 15.
This note arrived from Max Larrivée, eastern Canadian coordinator for the Lepidopterists' Society annual records summary: "See this excel spreadsheet (and the explanation of how to use it)for the 2015 LepSoc summary whre you can record all your moths observations and email them back to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) ideally before xmas. I encourage you to add lat and long to your records if possible. It gives the records much more scientific value."
The publications "Butterflies of Toronto" and "Spiders of Toronto" have been posted online. Copies are also available in Toronto public libraries.
Our seasonal summary for the year 2014, Ontario Lepidoptera, was published in July 2015.
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.
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 last 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 (email@example.com Tel 705-755-2166) or Ross Layberry (firstname.lastname@example.org). We encourage people to submit records by December 31, but submissions for inclusion in the summary are being accepted until January 31. Of course, records for inclusion in the atlas database are welcome at any time -- data from years ago is valuable as well.
The Editors and Compilers of Ontario Odonata are currently soliciting records, notes, articles and photographs from the 2006-2014 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 (email@example.comTel: 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 2012 are available for download at this link.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
We can send you regular emails about coming activities -- join the list. You will be informed of meetings, insect counts, and field trips.