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Meetings 2016-17

We meet on the fourth Saturday every month, from September to November and from January to April. One of the meetings is the Quimby F. Hess Annual Lecture -- read more here. For a map of the meeting locations and a description of subway access and parking facilities, click here.

Meeting dates for 2016-17 are September 24, October 22, November 19, January 21, February 25, March 25, and April XX.

Saturday, September 24, 2016. 1:15 pm. Room 212 Victoria College
MEMBERS' MEETING


At this meeting, members are invited to bring specimens, prints, or images that they have taken over the year. Please limit your presentation to 5-10 minutes since there are many members that like to share their pics. Members are also welcome to share any unusual sightings. Also at this meeting, we renew our membership for the year: $30 for individuals, $35 for families, students are free.
Please let Antonia know if you will be bringing images to share (antoniag@rom.on.ca).

Saturday, October 22, 2016. 1:15 pm. Room 108 Emmanuel College.
THE FOSSILS OF AQUATIC INSECTS TELL US LOTS OF THINGS
Roberto Quinlan, York University

There are many groups of insects that live in aquatic environments, but only a few leave behind fossil remains in high enough abundances in recently deposited lake sediments such that we can use these fossils to reconstruct past environmental conditions. Focusing mainly on the dipteran midges, such as the Chironomidae, this talk will offer some case examples of how fossil insect remains are used to reconstruct lake histories to provide us insights into ecosystem responses to environmental changes including recent climate change, forest clearance for agriculture and urbanization, acidic deposition, and severe industrial pollution.

Saturday, November 19, 2016. 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm. Sixth Annual Quimby F. Hess Lecture. Royal Ontario Museum Theatre.
HOW IT TAKES HONEY TO MAKE A HONEY BEE
May Berenbaum

The event is free but registration is required. After the talk, there will be a free reception for the lecturer, TEA members and their guests, and the Hess family.

Explore the honey behind the honey bee. From wax production to thermoregulation to colony defense, honey is an important source of energy for the European honey bee. With increasing evidence that phytochemicals produced by plants may contribute to honey bee health by influencing behavior and by enhancing defense against toxins and microbes, discover what these challenges mean for honey bees and the potential consequences for colony health.

Prof. Berenbaum is the president of the Entomological Society of America and head of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is known for her contributions to the field of chemical ecology, particularly the chemical mediation of interactions between plant-feeding insects and their host plants. She has testified before Congress on issues relating to honey bee health and pollinator decline. Her books for the general public include a honey cookbook and: Ninety-Nine Gnats, Nits, and Nibblers; Ninety-Nine More Maggots, Mites, and Munchers; Bugs in the System: Insects and Their Impact on Human Affairs; Buzzwords: A Scientist Muses on Sex, Bugs, and Rock 'n' Roll; and The Earwig's Tail: A Modern Bestiary of Multi-legged Legends. More information is included in this press release and on her university webpage.

As if that isn't enough, in 2014 she was awarded the National Medal of Science (Biological Sciences) in 2014 by President Obama -- of which only one award is made per year. She also had a character in The X-Files named after her: Dr. Bambi Berenbaum, a famous entomologist and love-interest of Agent Mulder.

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.

Enter through the main doors of the ROM on Bloor Street. Admission to the talk 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.

Saturday, January 21, 2017. 1:15 pm. Room 212 Victoria College.
MY ADVENTURES TRAPPING INSECTS: Stomoxys calcitrans (Diptera: Muscidae) in south central Ontario
David Beresford, Trent University

Dr. David Beresford received his PhD in 2006 from Trent University. He studies biting fly pests of beef and dairy cattle, and horse flies and deer flies in northern Ontario. He is interested in trap responses of insects for monitoring pests, and biodiversity surveys.

Saturday, February 25, 2017. 1:15 pm. Room 212 Victoria College.
BIENNIAL BUTTERFLIES: DO 2-YEAR LIFECYCLES AFFECT GENETIC DIFFERENCE
Gard Otis, University of Guelph

A number of boreal, alpine, and arctic butterfly species in Canada require two years to develop from egg to adult, and consequently they have “biennial” life cycles. Dr. Otis first became interested in this phenomenon when, for the entry in Butterflies of Canada for Macoun’s Arctic, he read: “Oeneis macounii flies in even-numbered years from eastern Manitoba eastward and in odd years in the west.” If this difference in temporal occurrence is true, then even- and odd-year populations of Arctics (genus Oeneis) are reproductively isolated by “allochrony” (separated by time) and may be diverging genetically, a process that could eventually result in the evolution of different species.

Dr. Otis will review those butterfly species in Ontario that are biennial. He will then summarize the research he and his PhD student Angela Gradish did on Macoun’s Arctic and the White Mountain Arctic to test the prediction that isolation into even- and odd-year populations results in genetic differentiation. If this sounds complicated, don’t worry: Dr. Otis will explain it in a way that should be readily understood by everyone.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 (Student Symposium). Room 432, Ramsay Wright Building, University of Toronto (25 Harbord Street). 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (note early start time)

Graduate students, senior undergraduates and postdoctoral fellows will be presenting talks and posters. Please contact Doug Currie (dc.currie@utoronto.ca), by March 13 if interested in presenting.

Also, separate from the Student Symposium, note that the TEA awards a research grant for travel for research purposes (the John Eberlie research grant). Anyone can apply, whether or not they are presenting at the Symposium.

Sunday, April 23, 2017. Time TBA
BUG DAY / EARTH DAY AT THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM

Plan for a full day at the ROM!

The TEA is holding its fifth annual meeting on rearing insects and spiders (or other arachnids). We invite anyone who has reared these creatures for display, for conservation or just out of interest, to share their experience. Live specimens, PowerPoint programs, displays of rearing equipment, mounted specimens or prints are welcome. Please contact Antonia at antoniag@rom.on.ca if you are interested in presenting.

Entomica, an Insectarium in Saute Sainte Marie will be at the ROM all weekend with some of their live insects and arachnids. Their CEO, John Dedes, is planning to come. He works at the Great Lake Forestry Centre and supervises the Insect Production facility. He will speak at the TEA Bug Rearing Day about the quarantine facility and how they rear invasive species, and test and rear proposed biological controls.

There will also be a ROM Connects lecture by Dr. Anurag Agrawal. He will speak about his new book Monarchs and Milkweed. Time tba. This lecture will be in the ROM theatre. Pre-registration will be required but there is no cost for this lecture.

Please note that there is a fee for entry to the ROM. TEA Members will receive a discount code to be used in advance purchase of tickets. Presenters do not have to pay the entrance fee. Details will follow at a later date.

 

 

Meetings of past years

2015-2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016.
MEMBERS' MEETING

Saturday, October 24, 2015.
LOOKING FOR INSECTS IN ALL THE COLD PLACES
Brent Sinclair, Department of Biology, Western University

Saturday, November 21, 2015. Fifth Annual Quimby F. Hess Lecture.
RAP BATTLES AND POP: DISCOVERING THE SECRET SOUNDS OF INSECTS
Jayne Yack

Saturday, January 23, 2016. 1:15 pm. Room 206 Victoria College.
A Review of Some Biological Control Programs Against Invasive Plants in Canada and Ontario
William D. McIlveen

Saturday, February 27, 2016.
The bird that kicked the wasps' nest: Red-throated Caracaras, social wasps and research in tropical America
Sean McCann, Simon Fraser University

Saturday, March 19, 2016 (Student Symposium).

Saturday, April 16, 2016.
TEA BUG-REARING DAY
This TEA meeting is all about fun with insects and spiders! Do you like to rear insects or spiders? Please bring some and tell everyone about their care. You may also share your mounted collections. If you require a ride to this meeting or can provide a ride, please contact Alan Macnaughton at info@ontarioinsects.org. If you would like to bring some insects or spiders to "show and tell", please contact Antonia Guidotti at antoniag@rom.on.ca. (There is free parking at the administration building. You do not go into the main zoo entrance and there is no fee for this event.)

2014-15

Saturday, September 27, 2014.
MEMBERS' MEETING

Saturday, October 25, 2014.
THE NEW ROM BUTTERFLY FIELD GUIDE: THE BACKGROUND STORY
Antonia Guidotti and Brad Hubley

Saturday, November 22, 2014.
THE IMPORTANCE OF INSECT CONSERVATION (Fourth Annual Quimby F. Hess Lecture)
Georges Brossard

Saturday, January 24, 2015.
BLOOD-SUCKING BEASTIES IN A CHANGING CLIMATE
Fiona Hunter

Saturday, February 28, 2015.
THE ART OF BUMBLEBEE WATCHING
Sheila Colla

Saturday, March 28, 2015.
STUDENT SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, April 25, 2015.
TEA BUG-REARING DAY

 

2013-14

Saturday, September 28, 2013.
MEMBERS' MEETING

Saturday, October 19, 2013.
DRAGONS AND DAMSELS ON THE FLY: PREDATORS IN THE AIR AND WATER
Beverley Edwards

Saturday, November 16, 2013.
MY INORDINATE FONDNESS FOR BEETLES (Third Annual Quimby F. Hess Lecture)
Arthur Evans

Saturday, January 18, 2014.
BEDBUGS: POLITICS AND SCIENCE OF THEIR RESURGENCE
Sam Bryks

Saturday, February 22, 2014.
MACROPHOTOGRAPHY OF INSECTS
Max Skwarna

Saturday, March 22, 2014.
STUDENT SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, April 26, 2014.
TEA BUG-REARING DAY

 

2012-13

Saturday, September 22, 2012
MEMBER'S MEETING

Saturday, October 20, 2012
THE PIPEVINE SWALLOWTAIL: LIFE CYCLE AND ECOLOGY
Xi Wang

Saturday, November 17, 2012
MONARCH CONSERVATION: THE CHALLENGES AHEAD (Second Annual Quimby F. Hess Lecture)
Orley ("Chip") Taylor

Saturday, January 26, 2013
EXPLORING ARCTIC ICHNEUMONID COMMUNITIES WITH THE NORTHERN BIODIVERSITY PROGRAM
Laura Timms

Saturday, February 23, 2013
LEAF-MINING INSECTS
William D. McIlveen

Saturday, March 23, 2013
STUDENT SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, April 27, 2013
SYMPOSIUM ON REARING INSECTS AND SPIDERS
Don Davis, Daniel Pirvulescu, Scott McIvor, Joel Egan, Glenn Richardson, Lydia Attard and Alan Macnaughton

 

2011-12

Saturday, September 24, 2011
MEMBERS' MEETING

Saturday, October 29, 2011
BEYOND Mantis religiosa: AN OVERVIEW OF THE PRAYING MANTIDS (INSECTA: MANTODEA)
Julio Rivera

Saturday, November 19, 2011
SENTINELS ON THE WING (First Annual Quimby F. Hess Lecture)
Peter Hall

Saturday, January 28, 2012
MONITORING BUTTERFLIES ALONG AN URBAN GRADIENT IN THE REGION OF WATERLOO
Jessica Linton

Saturday, February 25, 2012
FILM "COLLECTING TASKER" / PANEL ABOUT COLLECTING led by Chris Darling

Saturday, March 24, 2012
STUDENT SYMPOSIUM (click here for the list of talks and posters)

Saturday, April 28, 2012
PEST ALERT: INVASIVE SPECIES AND ONTARIO AGRICULTURE
Hannah Fraser

2010-11

Saturday, September 25, 2010
MEMBERS' MEETING

Saturday, October 23, 2010
UNCOVERING SPRING MIGRATION PATTERNS OF THE MONARCH
Nathan Miller

Saturday, November 27, 2010
INSECT LIFE CYCLES AND HOW INSECTS COPE WITH WINTER
James Kamstra

Saturday, January 22, 2011
WHAT’S THAT BUG? THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY OF DOMESTIC ARTHROPODS
Antonia Guidotti

Saturday February 26, 2011
CANADIAN JOURNAL of ARTHROPOD IDENTIFICATION - A CATALYST FOR BIODIVERSITY SCIENCE
Dave Cheung

Saturday, March 26, 2011
STUDENT SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, April 16, 2011
POLLINATORS AND POLLINATION: CANADIAN, CONTINENTAL, AND GLOBAL PROBLEMS
Peter Kevan

2009-10

Saturday, September 26, 2009
MEMBERS' MEETING

Saturday, October 24, 2009
BEFRIENDING A NATIVE BEETLE-HUNTING WASP FOR
FUN & PROFIT
Philip Careless

Saturday, November 28, 2009
SPIDERS OF ONTARIO: A GUIDE TO THE COMMON
SPECIES
Tom Mason

Saturday, January 23, 2010
THE EVOLUTIONARY DRAMA IN YOUR BACKYARD – GOLDENROD AND GALLS
Art Weis

Saturday, February 27, 2010
COMPLEX SIGNALS: WHAT DO SPIDERS HAVE TO SAY
Andrew Mason

Saturday, March 27, 2010
STUDENT SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, April 24, 2010
IMPERILED BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION
Adrienne Brewster

 

2008-09

Saturday September 27, 2008
MEMBERS' MEETING

Saturday, October 25, 2008
MOTHS AT LARGE
Jim des Rivieres

Saturday, November 22, 2008
MUD AND MONARCHS
W.D. McIlveen and Don Davis

Saturday, January 24, 2009
POLLINATOR WATCH
Heather Andrachuk

Saturday February 28, 2009
DRAGONFLIES and DAMSELFLIES of ONTARIO
Colin Jones

Saturday March 28, 2009
STUDENT SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, April 25, 2009
INSECTS OF SE ONTARIO: A PARK NATURALIST’S PERSPECTIVE
David Bree

 

2007-08

Saturday, September 22, 2007
MEMBERS' MEETING

Saturday, October 25, 2007
JOURNEY INTO THE JUNGLES OF MONTEVERDE, COSTA RICA
Jessica Grealey

Saturday, November 24, 2007
FUNGUS DISEASES OF INSECTS
W.D. McIlveen

Saturday, January 26, 2008
PHOTOGRAPHING INSECTS: TECHNIQUES, TIPS AND SECRETS
Kerry Jarvis

Saturday, February 23, 2008
COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER (CCD) IN HONEYBEES
Ernesto Guzman

Saturday, March 29, 2008
STUDENT SYMPOSIUM

Saturday April 26, 2008
THE DEMISE OF THE GREEN DRAKE MAYFLY: WHAT IT TELLS US ABOUT THE HEALTH OF S. ONTARIO TROUT STREAMS
Henry Frania

2006-07

Saturday, September 23, 2006
MEMBERS' MEETING

Saturday, October 21, 2006
EXTINCTION OF INSECTS
W.D. McIlveen

Saturday, November 25, 2006
VIGNETTES OF INSECTNATURAL HISTORY
Chris Darling

Saturday, January 27, 2007
A LIFELONG INTEREST IN INSECTS
Alan Hanks

Saturday February 24, 2007
THE QUEST FOR SPECIES IDENTIFICATION
Paul Hebert

Saturday, March 24, 2007
STUDENT SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, April 28, 2007
BRINGING INSECTS TO THE PUBLIC
Margaret Pickles

 

2005-06

Saturday, September 24, 2005 1 PM
MEMBERS' MEETING

Saturday, October 22, 2005 
INSECTS in URBAN ENVIRONMENTS ( we attended the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of Ontario in lieu of having our own meeting)

Saturday, November 26, 2005 
WINGS OF PARADISE BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORY: a behind the scenes look at exhibit curating and butterfly research
Adrienne Kistner-Brewster

Saturday, January 28, 2006 
IT.S GOOD TO BE QUEEN: SOCIAL BEE-HAVIOUR AND THE MYTH OF THE HAPPY SLAVE
Miriam Richards

Saturday, February 25, 2006
THE LONG REACH OF THE GENE: INSECT/ PLANT INTERACTIONS
Marc Johnson

Saturday, March 25, 2006
STUDENT SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, April 22, 2006
PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE: A BIOLOGICAL CONTROL SUCCESS STORY
Jim Corrigan

 

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