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Meetings 2017-18

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 2017-18 are September 23, October 28, December 2, and the rest TBA.

Saturday, September 23, 2017. 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 28, 2017. 1:15 pm. Room 212 Victoria College
TORONTO'S SYMPHONY ORTHOPTERA
Steve Paiero, University of Guelph

See this link for the presentation, including sounds.

With over 140 species of Orthoptera, Ontario has a diversity of crickets, katydids and grasshoppers that are routinely heard, but largely unseen. Now that fall is once again here, the crickets and katydids are out in full force serenading us with a cacophony of chirps, trills and rattles, while we poke around the bushes trying to get a glimpse of the show. The diversity of our provincial players will be explored with a focus on what can be found around the GTA, along with tips on how to find them, how to recognize species by their songs, and how best to photograph them so they can be identified!

Saturday Nov. 25, 10 a.m. At a Zoo location.
INSECTS AT THE TORONTO ZOO
Kevin Kerr, Curator of Invertebrates

Kevin Kerr has promised us a behind the scenes look at the Zoo’s “Bug House”, home to spiders and scorpions and other neat critters as well as insects. Kevin will tell us about their rearing programs, and we’ll also learn about the how the Zoo manages to feed all the varied animals in their care. This trip is limited to 20 people. TEA members will get first priority. Details will be sent when you register. Please contact Carolyn King (905-720-2784) cking8000@gmail.com

Saturday, December 2, 2017. 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm. Seventh Annual Quimby F. Hess Lecture. Royal Ontario Museum Theatre.
MAKING INSECTS: A GUIDE TO RESTORING THE LITTLE THINGS THAT RUN THE WORLD
Douglas Tallamy

This event is free but you must pre-register. Please RSVP as “Public” (unless you have a ROM membership). We expect this lecture will be fully booked so please don’t delay registering if you plan to attend. A reception for TEA members and the Hess family will follow the lecture. Entrance will be through the group entrance of the ROM.

Insect populations have declined 45% globally since 1974. The most alarming part of this statistic is that we don’t seem to care, despite the fact that a world without insects is a world without humans! So how do we build landscapes that support the pollinators, herbivores, detritivores, predators and parasitoids that run the ecosystems we depend on? Tallamy will remind us of the many essential roles insects play, and describe the simple changes we must make in our landscapes and our attitudes to keep insects on the ground, in the air and yes, on our plants.

Doug Tallamy is currently professor and chair of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, where he has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, and other subjects. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities.

Doug won the Silver Medal from the Garden Writer's Association for his book, Bringing Nature Home.

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.

 

Saturday, January 27, 2018. 1:15 pm. Location TBA.
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Saturday, February 24, 2018. 1:15 pm. Location TBA.
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Saturday, March 24, 2018 (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.

Talks (abstracts)

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Posters (abstracts)

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Saturday, April XX, 2018. Time and location TBA.
TEA BUG-REARING DAY

 

 

Meetings of past years

2016-2017

Saturday, September 24, 2016.
MEMBERS' MEETING

Saturday, October 22, 2016.
THE FOSSILS OF AQUATIC INSECTS TELL US LOTS OF THINGS
Roberto Quinlan, York University

Saturday, November 19, 2016. Sixth Annual Quimby F. Hess Lecture.
HOW IT TAKES HONEY TO MAKE A HONEY BEE
May Berenbaum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Saturday, January 21, 2017.
MY ADVENTURES TRAPPING INSECTS: Stomoxys calcitrans (Diptera: Muscidae) in south central Ontario
David Beresford, Trent University

Saturday, February 25, 2017.
BIENNIAL BUTTERFLIES: DO 2-YEAR LIFECYCLES AFFECT GENETIC DIFFERENCE
Gard Otis, University of Guelph

Saturday, March 25, 2017 (Student Symposium).

Sunday, April 23, 2017.
TEA BUG-REARING DAY

Plan for a full day at the ROM, but note that this is a Sunday -- not our usual meeting day! There is a bug rearing meeting, a display of live bugs in the ROM galleries by a Sault Ste. Marie insectarium, and a public talk by the U of T author of a new book on Monarchs. Come early, perhaps at 11, if you want to attend all 3 events.

You must pay for ROM admission, unless you are a presenter. Admission prices are here. Purchase tickets here or at the door. Advance purchases of tickets by TEA members will receive a 20% discount, but you must enter the promo code (from the TEA email, or contact info@ontarioinsects.org). If you want to attend the Monarchs lecture, please also register for that, although there is no additional fee. Seeing the ROM's special Blue Whale exhibit requires a higher ticket price, but the TEA discount on tickets purchased in advance applies to the full price.

The TEA's fifth annual meeting on rearing insects and spiders (or other arachnids) is from noon to 2 p.m. 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. One of the presenters is John Dedes, who works at the Great Lake Forestry Centre and supervises the Insect Production facility. He will speak about the quarantine facility and how they rear invasive species, and test and rear proposed biological controls. John is the CEO of Entomica, an insectarium which is having a display at the ROM which is open to the general public (see below).

At 2:30, there will also be a ROM Connects lecture by Dr. Anurag Agrawal, speaking about his new book Monarchs and Milkweed. This lecture will be in the ROM theatre. Pre-registration will be required but there is no cost for this lecture. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the lecture.

Entomica, an Insectarium in Sault Ste. Marie, will be at the ROM's Currelly Gallery from 11 to 4. Entomica will also be there Friday starting at 5:30 and all day Saturday. Entomica is looking for a few volunteers to help them on the floor for all days. If interested, please contact Antonia or info@ontarioinsects.org. Comfort handling live insects is preferred but not essential.

 

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

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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