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This list is by no means exhaustive, but highlights a range of areas and focuses on Ontario and Canadian sites. Some of these sites also have extensive links that you can explore. Please report broken links to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specimens Needed for Research
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 4 specimens of each species, and perhaps TEA members and others can help. For details see Leps -- North America Barcode of Life
University of Florida's Book of Insect Records. This website is like an academic book, but with catchy chapter titles including largest, longest, loudest, fastest flyer, most spectacular mating, and largest blood meal.
Garden Treasures: Where Do Butterflies Come from? Prepared February 2012, and includes a variety of butterfly links.
Finding Latest Ontario Butterfly Observations
For the area from Windsor east to Kingston, a good source to see the latest observations is the group Ontario Butterflies, which is part of Google Groups. For eastern Ontario, see East. Ontario and W. Quebec Butterflies, which is part of Yahoo Groups. Also see Maritimes Butterfly Atlas Google Group and Moths of New Brunswick.
eButterfly. This is a site for entering butterfly records for Ontario, the rest of Canada, and the US. Records from this site are provided to the TEA for use in our seasonal summarinies, Ontario Lepidoptera.
Life Stages of Ontario Butterflies by TEA president Glenn Richardson. Click on "View Animations" to see butterflies emerging from chrysalids and caterpillars turning into chrysalids.
Lepidopterists' Society News and Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society. These two publications of the Lepidopterists' Society are now available for free as full-page image pdfs. The Journal goes back to 1947 and the News goes back to 1959. Both publications are full-text searchable.
Photos of Ontario Butterfly Species by TEA member Rick Cavasin. Contains photos of about 115 of Ontario's 168 butterfly species.
Lepidopterists' Society. All of the issues of the Journal of the Lepidopterists Society from its start in 1947, excluding the last 5 years, are available on the web in full text. You can browse to particular issues or do in searches for particular terms. For example, searching for "Toronto Entomologists' Association" produces 7 hits, including a review of our book "Ontario Butterfly Atlas" in 1994.
Insects of Ojibway Nature Centre, Windsor. Includes checklists of Odonota and Lepidoptera, as well as information on fireflies, mayflies, true bugs, underwing moths, spiders, chiggers, etc.
Ontario Odonata Atlas: - a joint project between the Ontario Natural Heritage Information Centre (NHIC), the Toronto Entomologists' Association (TEA) and the editors of Ontario Odonata. This project is under development (January 2015) and is not yet ready for release.
A good source to see the latest observations is Ont-Odes, which is part of Google Groups.
International Odonata Research Institute -a good starting point for dragonfly info
General insect information
Insect identification at bugguide.net
Canadian National Collection of insects in Ottawa.
Listen to insect sounds at USDA Agricultural Research Centre
Photographs of insects from Iowa State University
Insects as food: Food Insects Newsletter
Newsletters on spiders published in the Kansas School Naturalist
Canadian Insect Associations, clubs and groups
Entomological Society of Ontario. ESO newsletters are posted on their website, and applying for a free membership (available to amateurs and students) entitles you to an e-mail notification when a new issue becomes available.
Alberta Lepidopterists Guild (newsletters are available online)
Friends of the Spit (Leslie Spit/Tommy Thompson Park) Toronto
Supplies related to insects
Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory sells high-quality butterfly nets.
Indigo Instruments (Waterloo, Ontario) sells insects pins.
Atelier Jean Paquet in Quebec City sells a wide variety of entomological supplies, including spreading boards and insect drawers
Maurice Bottos in Windsor, Ontario
Insect Specimens (Papered, Mounted or Framed)
Thorne's Insect Shoppe (London, Ontario)
Sachawild ( insects from Peru)
Raising monarch butterflies and many swallowtail butterflies may require a licence from the Ontario government. The TEA has a permit which covers members who have asked to be on the permit list. See the laws page for details.
Importing live insects into Canada requires a permit from the Agriculture Canada, so it is often much easier to buy insects within Canada. See the laws page for details.
Releasing farmed or raised butterflies at weddings and at school programs may harm wild butterflies. See NABA statement vs. comments on butterfly releases by the IBBR, and Jeffrey Lockwood op-ed article
Canadian suppliers include:
Ralph Sacchetti, Toronto (cecropia cocoons)
Bill Oehlke, PEI (swallowtail butterflies, silkmoths)
Gaia Nature (Dave Clermont) of Granby, Quebec
Butterflies and Roses, Pontroy, Ontario (painted lady butterflies, monarch butterflies)
Natural Insect Control, Stevensville, Ont.
Insect Production Services of the Canadian Forest Service sells various moths of economic importance. They also maintain an Insect Producer Database which lists places which will sell or donate live insects.
The Worm Lady (Bombyx mori silkworms, crickets, and other insects to feed to pet reptiles)
Jim Lovisek of Toronto is an insect "wrangler" who works on film and commercial involving insects, especially live insects.
Jason Dombroskie, Moth Checklist (Pembroke Area Field Naturalists, 2003).
Photos for identification: North American Moth Photographers Group; microleps.org; Butterflies and Moths of North America; and Leps -- North America Barcode of Life (Check each species for photos of it).
Moth man blog by TEA member Dave Beadle.
Jim des Rivieres of Ottawa does exhibitions of large-scale (2 feet by 3 feet), extremely-detailed (see individual scales) scans of Ontario moths. see his website for pictures.
Things to do/places to go
Niagara Butterfly Conservatory (Niagara Falls, Ontario)
Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory (Cambridge, Ontario)
Entomica (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario)
Greenway Blooming Centre (near Kitchener, Ontario)
Gaia Nature (a live-butterfly facility in Granby, Quebec -- in the Eastern Townships)
Montreal Insectarium (Quebec)
Butterfly World and Gardens Coombs, BC (outside Victoria)
Victoria Butterfly Gardens Brentwood Bay, Victoria (British Columbia)