The Connecticut State BioBlitz is less than three weeks away! Follow the link below for a detailed schedule of the event, June 3–4 at Two Rivers Magnet Middle School. If you have not signed up yet but plan to participate, please email Karolina (email@example.com) as soon as possible to register.
Details of our Sessions Woods “Field Day” meeting on Saturday, May 21st.
3:00 – Mike Thomas and I (Stan Malcolm) will present nature photography basics and insect macrophotography specifics. Should last about an hour, after which we’ll be available to coach anyone wishing to practice outdoors – or see how we use our equipment. I’d like to have a rough count of who will be attending this portion of the event… and maybe a sense of your macrophotography experience level: novice, some experience, etc. Please send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org (Coming soon, a web place where we can share photos, get constructive critiques, and participate in discussions of various insect/nature photography topics. Stay tuned for more info.)
3:00 – If you’re not attending the macrophotography presentation, feel free to begin collecting outdoors. Collecting will continue until 6:00 P.M. when we’ll take a break for…
6:00 – Pot Luck Dinner. Please bring items that can be kept hot, or cold, or which would remain safe at room temperature. I’m checking on the ability to store foods cold, or warm them at dinner time – but suspect that Session’s Woods capacity for storage and warming will be limited so if possible, plan your own means (e.g., ice packs and coolers). For the sake of all with dietary restrictions, please share a list of ingredients beside your dish. As a state facility, alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
7:00 – Brief business meeting and presentation by Laura Saucier: She will present “Updates on the Puritan Tiger Beetle and State Endangered Species List.”
8:00 – Set up for light trapping. Dave Wagner promised to bring one light trap set up. Not a bad thing for others to bring equipment too.
12:00 – Packed up, cleaned up, done and gone. Drive safely; watch for wildlife.
SPECIMENS FOR DEEP: I’ve promised Laura that we would provide samples of insects collected at Sessions Woods for their use in displays. To make this happen, we could use the donation of a display drawer or two and, ideally, someone to coordinate gathering samples from members, and assuring that they’re properly pinned and labeled. MAY I HAVE A VOLUNTEER OR TWO???
528th Monthly Meeting
Saturday, May 21st, 2016
Join us at Sessions Woods (341 Milford St., Burlington, CT) for our final meeting of the 2016-2017 season! The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) maintains the property for public access and education; you can find more information and directions here. During the afternoon, there will be an opportunity for instruction in macrophotography as well as daylight collecting. We will take a break from collection for a potluck around dusk; please bring a dish to share! For the evening presentation, Laura Saucier will speak on “Updates on the Puritan Tiger Beetle and State Endangered Species List.” After the presentation, members can stay and put out lights for night collection. Mothing has been a resounding success at Sessions Woods in past years. An approximate schedule for this year’s meeting is given below.
3pm – Indoor meeting
4pm – Outdoor collecting
6pm – Potluck dinner
7pm – Evening presentation
Until midnight: Light-trapping
Glenn Morrell’s presentation will highlight recent collecting adventures from the far northern reaches of the Canadian Arctic all the way to the Mexican border. An upfront focus on the Beringian influence and collecting history of the remote Canadian Western Arctic will allow us to become more familiar with an area that is unknown to most of us. The travelogue will then take us from the Yukon and Northwest Territories, over to Alaska, and then south through British Columbia, the eastern Oregon deserts, the Great Basin, southern California and finally Arizona where special emphasis will be placed on the spectacular neotropical species found in canyons just north of the Mexican border.
Truly about chasing lepidoptera, this fast paced presentation will bring to life the travel experience to these locations and the hardships, weather, wildlife and fun encountered along the way. Hundreds of lepidoptera are documented from dull and drab Arctic moths and butterflies to stunning Saturniids on the Mexican border.
Ever since a 5th grade science project rearing and watching the metamorphosis of Monarch butterflies, Glenn Morrell has been actively observing and collecting lepidoptera. This childhood hobby might have waned, however, when satisfying a Bates College Department of Biology senior thesis requirement, Glenn selected a fun lepidoptera related project. The research for his senior thesis on the “Populations of Saturniid Moths” in New England took him to the major collections at Harvard, Yale and UConn, introducing him to many other collectors and professionals. Most importantly, this introduced him to the Connecticut Entomological Society where Glenn served two terms as secretary from 1987 to 1988, was Vice President in 1990 and President in 1991. In 1986 a lifelong friendship was formed when Glenn met Dr. Lars Crabo at a Connecticut Entomological Society meeting. This friendship afforded Glenn opportunities to accompany Lars on almost two dozen collecting trips including many to the Arctic and numerous western North American mountain and alpine habitats.
After completing his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at Bates College, Glenn’s first professional position was in Laboratory Data Process at Hartford Hospital. Since then he has completed a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), a Master’s Certificate in Information Technology Project Management from Georgetown University, and is currently the Senior Clinical Business Architect for UnitedHealthcare working out of his home office in northern Maine where he has resided since 2006.
525th Monthly Meeting
February 19, 2016
University of Connecticut
Dinner at 6:00 p.m. at Willington Pizza, 25 River Road (Route 32), Willington, CT 06279
Meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Room 154 of the Torrey Life Sciences lecture hall (the building to the east of our usual building). Use the center entrances.
STUDENT TALK COMPETITION
This month we will hear from students on their work with arthropods, from centipedes to hairstreaks. Please distribute our Student Program Flyer and make sure to invite people to attend! The current speaker list is as follows:
University of Connecticut, undergraduate
Identifying the defense mechanisms of lacewings as it relates to ant predation
University of Connecticut, graduate student
Secrets of the canopy: non-nectar feeding and false rarity of hairstreak butterflies
University of Connecticut, undergraduate
Appalachian Adventures with Centipedes
Yale University, undergraduate
Developing Species Distribution Models for North American Dragonflies
Eastern Connecticut State University, undergraduate
Eastern Connecticut State University, undergraduate
High school student
- 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.
- Steve Burian – “EPT (Mayflies, Stoneflies, Caddisflies) Taxonomy Workshop For Biomonitoring and Aquatic Biodiversity Surveys”
- Speaker: Glenn Morrell
- Title: “Chasing Lepidoptera in Western North America from the Arctic to Arizona.”
- Saturday, starting roughly 3:00 P.M.; ending by midnight.
- Insect Photography presentation and coaching
- Outdoor daylight collecting
- Speaker: Laura Saucier – “Updates on Puritan Tiger Beetle and State Endangered Species List.
- Light Trapping.
524th Monthly Meeting
January 22nd, 2016
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.
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.
522nd MONTHLY MEETING
October 16th, 2015
- 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)
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).