Apr 042017

535th Monthly Meeting

April 21st, 2017

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station 

All monthly meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in insects, please join us!
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  • 6:00 p.m. Potluck Dinner in the Donald F. Jones Auditorium.
  • Please bring a dish to share, along with your friends and family.
  • If you have any entomological items you would like to donate to the annual silent auction, please bring them as well!



Speaker: Charley Eiseman

Title: Life in a Leaf: The Astonishing Diversity of Leafminers

Abstract: Leafminers are larvae of moths, beetles, flies, and sawflies that live between the epidermal layers of leaves, producing characteristic patterns as they feed. Most are highly host-specific, and it is often possible to identify them to species based entirely on the appearance of the leaf mine and the identity of the host plant. Charley’s presentation will give an overview of the various groups of leaf-mining insects, including macro photographs of the larvae, their mines, and the tiny (but often beautiful) adults.

BIO: Charley Eiseman is a freelance naturalist, conducting plant and wildlife surveys for various nonprofits, state agencies, and universities throughout New England. He has also co-taught an “Ecology Through Animal Tracking” course in various incarnations since 2004. He holds an MS from the University of Vermont’s Field Naturalist Program and a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and Management from the University of Massachusetts. Charley is the lead author of the award-winning field guide, Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates (Stackpole Books, 2010), and also writes an insect-themed blog called “BugTracks.”

For over five years, Charley Eiseman has been working on a book that will cover the natural history of all known North American leafminers, including keys to the mines found on each host plant. In the process he has published 14 papers describing new species of leafminers or documenting previously unknown life histories of described species, and several more are in review or in preparation.

For more information, visit www.charleyeiseman.com.

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