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Saturday, February 29, 2020. 1:15 pm. Room 206 Victoria College
Flower flies, also known as hover flies, are a diverse group of pollinators that are common in all of our yards. Three hundred and thirteen species of flower flies have been recorded from Ontario and over 525 occur in Canada. They are thus similar in diversity to birds and many are just as easy to learn to recognize. A large proportion of our species mimic bees and wasps and thus are overlooked and underappreciated by most. Their role in pollination of our crops is enormous (more important than native bees) and their role as pollinators in native ecosystems is significant but has never been quantified. In addition to the important job that adults serve, flower fly larvae fill almost every imaginable role. From predators of pests to decomposers to plant feeders and even parasitoids, they do it all. Only one other family of flies has such a diversity of larval morphology and life histories.
Jeff and Michelle recently co-authored a book entitled, “Field Guide to the Flower Flies of Northeastern North America” (with Andrew Young, Kevin Moran, Bill Crins and Steve Marshall). The co-authors worked together for 10 years to assemble this book: the first comprehensive field guide to any group of flies for a large area in North America. The book was recently the winner of the National Outdoor Book Awards, Nature Guidebook category. They will have a limited number of books to sell.
Planned re-introduction of the Mottled Duskywing to the Pinery. Magazine article, October 2019.
Monarch rearing/rescue article. This is from the January 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.
The latest issue of Ontario Lepidoptera, reporting on butterfly and moth observations for 2018, was distributed in April 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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(firstname.lastname@example.org), Jessica Linton (JessicaLinton86@gmail.com) or Colin Jones (email@example.com). 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
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.
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