Apr 102014


April 18th, 2014

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 month is our annual student meeting. Please join us to support our undergraduate and graduate students as they present their research!

There will be four 10 minute talks, and four 5 minute talks.

10 minute talks

Melissa Bernardo
Wesleyan University, PhD student
Evidence for manipulation in caterpillar feeding behavior by a parasitoid wasp

Cera Fisher
University of Connecticut, PhD student
An ant for a hat: the fashion-forward treehopper and developmental novelty

Benedict Gagliardi
University of Connecticut, Masters student
Biosystematics of Nearctic Smoky Moths (Zygaenidae)

Raymond Simpson
Yale University, PhD student
Lepping in the Carolinas: notable moths and butterflies from the southeast

5 minute speed talks

Robert Clark
Wesleyan University, PhD student
The ecology of ant and treehopper interactions on hickory

Kassie Urban-Mead
Yale University, undergraduate
Wild bee community response to Connecticut land-use change: A natural history experiment

Emily Johnson
Wesleyan University, Masters student
Investigating the relationship between dietary specialization of caterpillars and their risk of ant predation in a forest community

Joseph Desisto
University of Connecticut, undergraduate
Revising the known distributions of centipedes in New England

Officer elections for next year will occur during the business meeting, before the talks. We will also discuss the annual banquet (May 16th), and potential outreach/collecting events for the society this spring/summer.


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


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

Social gathering:

  • TBD

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