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Meetings, etc.

Saturday, September 26, 2020. 1:15 pm. Room 206 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).

The next meeting after that will be October 24, 2020.

Bringing Back the Mottled Duskywing

In May 2020, it was announced that $825,000 of federal funding has been awarded to to a 5-year project to reintroduce this endangered species. Currently, the mottled duskywing lives in only a few pockets in the province, including populations near Peterborough and around Oakville. The reintroductions are to be at Pinery Provincial Park on southern Lake Huron and at land owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Norfolk County on Lake Erie. One of the project leaders is TEA president Jessica Linton. See University of Guelph announcement, article May 2020 and article October 2019.

 Other news

See the article Tiger Swallowtails: Making Observations in 2020 for tips on recording tiger swallowtail observations this spring and summer. In short, anyone making observations south of the Sudbury area should take pictures -- especially of the underside -- and not rely on sight observation.

At this point (May 21, 2020) it seems like there won't be TEA field trips or butterfly and odonate counts this summer. Watch this space for developments.

The TEA seasonal summary for 2019 has been printed and is being mailed or emailed to members, depending on which version you have signed up for. Here's the table of contents of this 128-page publication:

GENERAL INTRODUCTION
MORE ON ONTARIO TIGER SWALLOWTAILS
TIGER SWALLOWTAILS IN THE ONTARIO BUTTERFLY ATLAS
BAIT TRAPS FOR LEPS, DAY AND NIGHT
FINDING MUSTARD WHITES
Regional reports:
- TORONTO BUTTERFLY YEAR 2019 – AN OVERVIEW
- POINT PELEE NATIONAL PARK BUTTERFLIES -- 2019
- BUTTERFLIES IN SW ONTARIO IN 2019: THE YEAR OF THE TAWNY EMPEROR
- EASTERN ONTARIO BUTTERFLIES -- 2019
- BUTTERFLIES IN SOUTHERN ALGOMA AND ZONE 6 -- 2019
- BUTERFLIES OF THE RAINY RIVER DISTRICT -- 2019
ONTARIO BUTTERFLY COUNTS IN 2019
NOTEWORTHY MOTH RECORDS FOR ONTARIO 2019
SUMMARY OF ONTARIO BUTTERFLIES AND SKIPPERS IN 2019
- SKIPPERS - FAMILY: HESPERIIDAE
- SWALLOWTAILS - FAMILY: PAPILIONIDAE
- WHITES & SULPHURS - FAMILY: PIERIDAE
- GOSSAMER-WINGS - FAMILY: LYCAENIDAE
- BRUSHFOOTS - FAMILY: NYMPHALIDAE 101

Planned re-introduction of the Mottled Duskywing to the Pinery:

Monarch rearing/rescue article. This is from the January 2020 OI.

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.

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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

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: January 2020 issue - December 15; April 2020 issue - March 15; and September 2020 issue - August 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 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).

 

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.

Stay in Touch!

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