Jan 282016
 
February 19th: UConn – Student Symposium
  • Student participants, please contact Melissa Bernardo (mbernardo “at” wesleyan “dot” edu) with your name, title, and talk duration. Participation limited to 4 talks each of 5 or 10 minutes.
March 25th: Yale – Aquatics Workshop
  • Steve Burian – “EPT (Mayflies, Stoneflies, Caddisflies) Taxonomy Workshop For Biomonitoring and Aquatic Biodiversity Surveys”
April 15th: Experiment Station – Annual Dinner Meeting
  • Speaker: Glenn Morrell
  • Title: “Chasing Lepidoptera in Western North America from the Arctic to Arizona.”
  • Auction
May 21st: Sessions Woods – Field Day Meeting
  • Saturday, starting roughly 3:00 P.M.; ending by midnight.
  • Insect Photography presentation and coaching
  • Outdoor daylight collecting
  • Dinner
  • Speaker: Laura Saucier – “Updates on Puritan Tiger Beetle and State Endangered Species List.
  • Light Trapping.
Jan 212016
 

524th Monthly Meeting
January 22nd, 2016
Yale University

Location: ESC Rm 110, 21 Sachem St, New Haven CT  06511 (map)

Dinner at 6:30 p.m. (pizza in meeting room), meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Erin Saupe, The Biogeography and Evolution of Spiders

Spiders provide an excellent window into understanding past terrestrial ecosystems because they are extremely diverse, occupy almost every environment and ecosystem on Earth, and have a very long history of occupation on land. Erin’s talk will review this history of their occupation of land, with particular focus on spiders preserved in amber from the Cretaceous to the Miocene. The study of fossil spiders often reveals interesting biogeographical patterns, which in turn provide insight into past evolutionary processes.

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Erin Saupe is a Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies Postdoctoral Fellow under the guidance of Dr. Derek Briggs. The goal of her research is to explore how life evolved on our dynamic planet, with emphasis on understanding how biogeographical processes impact macroevolution.

Nov 012015
 

523rd MONTHLY MEETING

November 20th, 2015
University of Connecticut

All monthly meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in insects, please join us!
Members may bring exhibits for show-and-tell. If you have photos, video, or other electronic media to share, please bring on a flash drive.
Those who have not yet paid 2015 dues will be able to do so at the meeting; the form and amount information are posted on our website membership page.

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Speaker: Cera Fisher

Title: Gene expression, development, and the origin of the treehopper “helmet”

Abstract: Cryptic morphology is common among arthropods, but treehoppers are masters of masquerade.  The 3000-odd species of Membracidae have evolved a hypervariable pronotum or “helmet” that assumes a variety of forms mimicking leaf litter, caterpillar frass, plant thorns, and ants.  Leafhoppers (Cicadellidae) are the closest taxon without a helmet.  They diverged from treehoppers ca. 30 million years ago.  In leafhoppers, the pronotum retains the ancestral condition: short, collarlike, and flush with the mesonotum.  Despite hot debate in recent years, the developmental genetics and origin of the treehopper helmet remain a mystery.  Evidence from gene expression in treehoppers and RNA interference in other insects suggest that co-option of canonical wing-patterning genes may be involved, while evidence from anatomically similar beetle pronotal horns suggest the possibility of leg-patterning gene co-option.  To test these and other hypotheses, we apply an RNAseq approach to analysing gene expression in four tissues of nymphal Entylia carinata (Membracidae) and Homalodisca vitripennis (Cicadellidae).  We use these data to identify patterns of similarity and divergence of gene expression across tissue types, and to test whether the origin of the treehopper helmet was accompanied by a shift towards more leg-like or wing-like development, as predicted by the co-option hypothesis.

Bio: Cera Fisher is a Ph.D. student at UConn and loves True Bugs.  She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Arizona State University, where she studied the history of embryo research as a member of the Embryo Project.  In her transition from historian to scientist, she spent a salt-filled summer as an intern at the Marine Resources Center of the MBL in Woods Hole, MA.  Before arriving in Connecticut, she taught two semesters of Core Science at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.

Dinner

  • 6:00pm, Willington Pizza House (menu)
  • 25 River Road (Route 32), Willington, CT 06279 (map)

Meeting:

  • 7:30pm, University of Connecticut
  • Biology and Physics Building room 130, 91 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06269 (map)
  • Please park in the lot near the visitor’s center (across from North Garage). Parking on the road, or in student lots near the dorms, risks getting a ticket.
Oct 072015
 

522nd MONTHLY MEETING

October 16th, 2015

Wesleyan University
 
  • Dinner: 6:00 p.m. at Iguanas Ranas, 484 Main St, Middletown, CT 06459 (map)
  • Meeting: 7:30 p.m. at Wesleyan University, Shanklin Rm 201, 237 Church St, Middletown, CT 06459 (map)
I. Joseph Desisto
“Barberpole Grasshoppers, Blonde Tarantulas, and Other Delights from Arizona”
Joseph is a student at the University of Connecticut with a love for all things spineless, and a special interest in myriapods.
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II. Katherine Taylor
“Lacewing Collecting in Oregon: Which, Where, and Why”
Katie is a UConn graduate student working with Charlie Henry.

 

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III. Rob Clark
“Ants of the 2015 UConn Bioblitz”
Rob is a PhD candidate from Wesleyan University studying the food web ecology of ants, particularly how ants act as both predators and mutualists of insect herbivores.

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IV. Ray Simpson
“2015 Field Collecting Season”
Ray is a fish phylogeneticist and taxonomist with a passion for insects.  His focus is on Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) and also some families of beetle (cicindelids and cerambycids).

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V. Dr. Leonard Munstermann
“Asian Tropics are Insect Heaven”
Leonard is a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale School of Public Health and Head Curator of Entomology at the Yale Peabody Museum.
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All monthly meetings are fee and open to the public, and members may bring exhibits for show-and-tell. If you have photos, video, or other media to share, please email the society. Those who have not yet paid 2015 dues will be able to do so at the meeting; the form and amount information are posted on our website membership page.
Sep 012015
 

521st MONTHLY MEETING

September 18th, 2015

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All monthly meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in insects, please join us!
Members may bring exhibits for show-and-tell. If you have photos, video, or other media to share, please email the society.

Speaker: Tim Farkas

Title: Evolutionary ecology of Timema cristinae walking sticks: From communities to genomes and back again

Abstract: Timema cristinae stick insects, endemic to southern California chaparral, face an evolutionary dilemma. As dietary generalists, they eat both chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum: Rosaceae) and greenbark (Ceanothus spinosus: Rhamnaeceae), but a single camouflage strategy to these morphologically dissimilar plant species is impossible. To overcome this hurdle, they have evolved two distinct color-patterns, each conferring excellent camouflage on one of the plant species. But even for Timema the grass is always greener, so they disperse from their resident populations, and often end up on the wrong plants. This spells death for many of the unfortunate mismatches and their offspring, but the effects of their naive actions have dire consequences for the entire insect community. The plants themselves, of course, all are the happier for it.

Dinner

  • 6:00pm, Willington Pizza House (menu)
  • 25 River Road (Route 32), Willington, CT 06279 (map)

Meeting:

  • 7:30pm, University of Connecticut
  • Biology and Physics Building room 130, 91 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06269 (map)
  • Please park in the lot near the visitor’s center (across from North Garage). Parking on the road, or in student lots near the dorms, risks getting a ticket.

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BIO:
Tim Farkas is a career student of ecology and evolutionary biology. A New York State native, he two degrees in Biology from Wesleyan University and one in Animal and Plant Sciences from the University of Sheffield in the UK. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Connecticut, where he studies community and evolutionary ecology with water fleas. He lives in Storrs, CT with his partner Sundari, and his favorite insects are Lycaenid butterflies of most varieties.

May 082015
 

520th MONTHLY MEETING

May 15th, 2015

All monthly meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in insects, please join us!
Members may bring exhibits for show-and-tell. If you have photos, video, or other media to share, please email the society.

This is our annual banquet meeting! Please bring a dish to share, along with your friends and family. Let’s celebrate the upcoming field season, and usher in the next year’s officers.

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Title: How Butterflies Work – and How They Survive

Abstract: The durability of butterflies over tens of millions of years poses a challenge to those who believe that “survival of the fittest” is a matter of tooth and claw – two biological features conspicuously absent in butterflies. Our cultural impressions of butterflies are poorly aligned with the biological reality of this unique group of organisms. Yet some features of butterfly existence, in particular those that have long excited human imagination—such as their “merry winged” flight and bright decorative patterns—offer subtle clues as to the foundations of their evolutionary persistence. Join butterfly author and photographer Rick Cech to explore some of the dimensions of this riddle.

Dinner

  • 6:00pm Potluck style dinner – please bring a dish to share!

Meeting:

  • 7:30pm, Connecticut Agricultural Exp. Station, Jone’s Auditorium (directions) (map)

BIO:
An active field naturalist, author and photographer, Rick Cech is an affiliate curator at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in Entomology. He is the principal author and photographer of Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer’s Guide (Princeton, 2005), and wrote “A Distributional Checklist of the Butterflies and Skippers of the New York City Area.” Rick co-authored the National Audubon Society Regional Guide to Florida. His recent works include editing and photography for the iApp “Audubon Butterflies – A Field Guide to North American Butterflies,” and development of the FoldingGuides regional butterfly series.

A life-long field observer, Rick brings innovative perspectives to the study and appreciation of natural history. He played a formative role in originating the Sibley Guide series, as well as the National Audubon Society Interactive CD-ROM Guide to North American Birds. Rick’s photography is widely published, in articles and books (including more than 950 in both Butterflies of the East Coast and Audubon Butterflies) as well as in photo exhibits and displays. He has led nature trips since the early 1980s, and makes regular presentations to natural history and botanical organizations across the country.

Apr 162015
 

519th MONTHLY MEETING

April 17th, 2015

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All monthly meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in insects, please join us!
Members may bring exhibits for show-and-tell. If you have photos, video, or other media to share, please email the society.

This is our yearly student competition – featuring some of the brightest up-and-coming entomologists in Connecticut. Their talks will be judged, with prizes awarded to all participants. We are hoping for robust attendance, as these students have worked very hard to prepare, and deserve an attentive audience.

10 Minute talks:

Joseph DeSisto
University of Connecticut, undergraduate
Centipedes in the Mist: A New Species from Southern Appalachia

Kathryn Culhane
Yale University, undergraduate
Context dependence of lizard prey communities in the Greek Archipelago

Katie Taylor
University of Connecticut, PhD student
Testing for interspecific hybridization in wild Chrysoperla carnea group lacewings

Kevin Keegan
University of Connecticut, PhD student
Saving the Metalmark in CT

5 Minute talks:

Matthew Nochisaki
High school student
The Secret to Idolomantis

Gwen Antell
Yale University, undergraduate
Stone Flies and Rock Crawlers: Fossil Insects from the Eocene

Anna Sjodin
University of Connecticut, PhD student
The Bugs’ Bugs: Understanding the Role of Blood-Feeding Insect Diversity in Disease Transmission

Raymond Simpson
Yale University, PhD student
Memorable finds of the 2014 field season

Dinner

  • 6:00pm, Willington Pizza House (menu)
  • 25 River Road (Route 32), Willington, CT 06279 (map)

Meeting:

  • 7:30pm, University of Connecticut
  • Biology and Physics Building rm 130, 91 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06269 (map)
  • Please park in the lot near the visitor’s center (across from North Garage). Parking on the road, or in student lots near the dorms, risks getting a ticket.

Social gathering:

  • TBD
Mar 112015
 

518th MONTHLY MEETING

March 27th, 2015

uconn_collectionsAll monthly meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in insects, please join us!
Members may bring exhibits for show-and-tell. If you have photos, video, or other media to share, please email the society.

JOD_drawersSPEAKER: Jane O’Donnell

TITLE: Reflections on Collections

Dr. Jane O’Donnell has been the collection manager of the University of Connecticut’s insect collection for the past 35 years. She shall regale us with tales of the past, present, and future of UConn’s collections.

Her talk will be followed by a tour of the collections.

Dinner

  • 6:00pm, Willington Pizza House (menu)
  • 25 River Road (Route 32), Willington, CT 06279 (map)

Meeting:

  • 7:30pm, University of Connecticut
  • Biology and Physics Building rm 130, 91 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06269 (map)

Social gathering:

  • TBD

Links:

 

Feb 072015
 

517th MONTHLY MEETING

February 20th, 2015

All monthly meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in insects, please join us!
Members may bring exhibits for show-and-tell. If you have photos, video, or other media to share, please email the society.

CALENDARS FOR SALE! The calendar photo contest is over, you can see the winners HERE
Click HERE to purchase a calendar

Calendars will be available at the meeting. Any pre-ordered calendars can be picked up at the meeting, or will be shipped to you.

SPEAKER: Geoffrey Attardo

TITLE: “Got Milk? Live birth, lactation and the unique reproductive biology of tsetse flies.”

ABSTRACT: “Tsetse flies (Family: Glossinidae) function as the sole vectors of African Sleeping Sickness (African trypanosomiasis) throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Besides their role as vectors of human and animal disease, tsetse flies have an amazing array of adaptations which distinguish them from other disease vectors and indeed most insects in general. This talk will cover one of the most amazing of those adaptations which is tsetse’s reproductive biology. Tsetse flies give birth to live fully developed larvae. These larvae are developed individually and are provided nutrients during their development within the uterus of the mother. The intrauterine larvae are fed milk like secretions which come from a specialized gland in the mother. We will explore the biology behind this amazing process and learn about some of the recent discoveries illuminated by the entry of tsetse flies into the era of genomics and molecular biology.”

Dinner

  • 6:00pm, catered

Peabody tour

  • 6:45, led by Larry Gall

Meeting:

  • 7:30pm, Yale University
  • Kline Geology Auditorium
Jan 082015
 

516th MONTHLY MEETING

January 16th, 2015

Members Showcase!

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All monthly meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in insects, please join us!
Members may bring exhibits for show-and-tell. If you have photos, video, or other media to share, please email the society.

CALENDARS FOR SALE! The calendar photo contest is over, you can see the winners HERE
Click HERE to purchase a calendar

Calendars will be available at the meeting. Any pre-ordered calendars can be picked up at the meeting, or will be shipped to you.

SPEAKER: Whoever would like to participate!

This meeting is all about our members – celebrating what we all do in our lives to embrace entomology. If you would like to participate, please email the society with:

Your name
Your proposed topic
Your proposed time (between 5 and 15 minutes)

You may prepare a powerpoint presentation, bring specimens (alive or dead), share photos, or simply tell a story.

Dinner

  • 6:00pm, Iguana Ranas, 484 Main St. Middletown CT (link)

Meeting:

  • 7:30pm, Wesleyan University
  • Shanklin Hall, rm 107 (map)