Feb 072017
 

533rd Monthly Meeting

February 17th, 2017

Yale University

 

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 at ctentsoc@gmail.com.

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Meeting:

  • 7:30pm, Yale University
  • Environmental Science Center, Room 110, 21 Sachem St, New Haven CT 06511 (map)
  • Parking in Lot 16 (behind the Peabody Museum) may be closed due to construction 
  • Free parking is available in the Peabody Museum Visitor Parking Lot, located next to 221 Whitney Avenue (Yale Lot 41)

Dinner:

  • 6:30pm, Pizza will be provided in Room 110 – Environmental Science Center
  • A donation of $5 per person will be appreciated

 

Speaker: Dr. Richard Casagrande, University of Rhode Island

Title: “But What About the Cane Toad?” A discussion about opportunities, limitations, and misconceptions of modern Classical Biological Control.

Abstract: Harebrained attempts at biological control, evolving ecological awareness, and regulatory gridlock combine to make life interesting for current biocontrol scientists. We’ll discuss these issues and the influence of a century’s mistakes and successes on our current biocontrol programs, focusing on lily leaf beetle, swallow-worts and Phragmites australis.

Bio: After completing his MS and PhD degrees in entomology at Michigan State, Dr. Casagrande joined the faculty at URI in 1976 where he continues to enjoy a 3-way appointment.  His teaching has included IPM, biocontrol, and cultural entomology. He also serves as IPM Coordinator for the state and directs the biocontrol research and outreach program.  He authored and chaired the Northeast regional biocontrol project (presently NE1332) and worked on several biocontrol projects, most notably birch leafminer, hemlock adelgid, lily leaf beetle, swallow-wort, and Phragmites australis. He was honored by the Entomology Society for his work in IPM in 2000, given the L.O. Howard Distinguished Achievement Award in 2014 and most importantly – garnered several awards for catching large striped bass, bluefish, and flounder over the years.

Jan 052017
 

532nd Monthly Meeting

January 20th, 2017

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 media to share, please email the society at ctentsoc@gmail.com.

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Meeting:

  • 7:30pm, University of Connecticut
  • Biology and Physics Building room 130, 91 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06269
  • 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.

Dinner:

  • 6:00 p.m. at Willington Pizza, 25 River Road (Route 32), Willington, CT 06279

 

Speaker: Dr. Anne Averill, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Title: Pollinator Health in Agricultural Systems

Bio: Dr. Averill completed her undergraduate studies at Smith College, her PhD in Entomology at UMass-Amherst, and Post-Doctoral work at Cornell University.  Currently, she is a professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMass-Amherst where she is co-Director and Honors advisor for the Environmental Science undergraduate major and where she conducts research on insect behavior, ecology, and management in cranberry. Her current studies focus largely on native pollinator health and diversity, with much of the work on the impacts of pathogens, pollen availability, and pesticides on bumble bees in agroecosystems.

Nov 042016
 

531st Monthly Meeting

November 18th, 2016

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

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 at ctentsoc@gmail.com.

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Meeting:

  • 7:30pm, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES)
  • Donald F. Jones Auditorium, 123 Huntington Street, New Haven, CT 06504
  • Driving directions to CAES are here: http://www.ct.gov/caes/cwp/view.asp?a=2812&Q=344992
  • Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the meeting

Dinner:

 

Speaker: Dr. Philip Armstrong, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Title: Mosquitoes and Zika Virus: Assessing the Threat

Abstract: Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 and remained an obscure mosquito-borne virus until it spread to Brazil in 2015 where it infected unprecedented numbers of people and caused thousands of birth defects. The virus has subsequently spread to other parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, and is expected to infect millions of people within this region.  In this presentation, Dr. Armstrong will give historical background about the global expansion of Zika virus, review the mosquito biology and transmission cycle of this virus, and discuss the potential for localized transmission in the U.S.

BIO: Dr. Armstrong received his undergraduate degree in biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1991 and his doctoral degree at the Harvard School of Public Health in 1998. He joined the faculty at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in 2004 to participate in the statewide mosquito surveillance program and develop his own research program on mosquito-borne viruses.  His current research focuses on the molecular evolution and ecology of mosquito-borne viruses transmitted in northeastern US, including eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus.

Oct 032016
 

530th Monthly Meeting

October 21st, 2016

Manchester Community College

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 at ctentsoc@gmail.com.

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Meeting:

  • 7:30pm, Manchester Community College (MCC)
  • Great Path Academy 2nd floor, room GP203 – Community Commons
  • Driving directions to MCC are here: https://www.manchestercc.edu/about/maps-directions/driving-directions/
  • At the conclusion of the meeting, attendees are invited to an informal social hour at Brigette Zacharczenko’s house (Approx. 5 min. from MCC. Directions will be provided at meeting). Those interested are encouraged to bring their favorite fall beer or wine

Dinner:

  • 6:30pm, Pizza will be provided in room GP203 – Community Commons
  • A donation of $5 per person will be appreciated

 

Speaker: Dr. Matthew Graham, Eastern Connecticut State University

Title: Assembling the Mojave Desert arachnid fauna: Biogeographic insights from scorpions, tarantulas, and camel spiders

Abstract: The deserts of the North American Southwest are quickly emerging as a testing ground for assessing the capability of modern science to reconstruct the history and assembly of entire biotas. A complex tectonic history has produced a diverse arthropod fauna that radiated and adapted to the region’s extreme climates and changing landscapes.  In particular, arid-adapted arachnids exhibit striking levels of diversity and endemism in the southwestern deserts, yet many groups are still poorly understood.  Dr. Graham seeks to close this knowledge gap by integrating molecular (DNA) approaches, predictive (climatic) modeling, and morphology.  His talk will outline our understanding of the assembly of the southwestern desert biota from the perspective of new data from giant hairy scorpions, tarantulas, and other arachnids.  Dr. Graham and his colleagues have discovered several ancient but cryptic lineages most likely generated as Neogene extensional tectonics and Pleistocene climate fluctuations repeatedly fragmented desert arachnid populations.  He proposes that the low dispersal capabilities of many arachnids make them especially vulnerable to landscape perturbations and climate change, and thus ideal organisms for investigating the history and future of biodiversity in the North American arid lands.

BIO: Dr. Matthew Graham is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU). Dr. Graham began studying scorpions as an undergraduate at Marshall University where he holds a BS and MS in Biology.  He continued his work on scorpions while completing a PhD in Biology at the University of Nevada, in Las Vegas.  Dr. Graham’s doctoral research focused on understanding how desert scorpions responded to historical changes in landscapes and climates.  He continues his research on desert scorpions at ECSU where he initiated a global field course on desert ecology and biogeography.  Dr. Graham joined the faculty at ECSU in August of 2013.

For a preview of Dr. Graham’s work and the creatures he works with, visit

https://scorpiophilia.wordpress.com/arthropod-photos/

and https://scorpiophilia.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

Sep 082016
 

529th Monthly Meeting

September 16th, 2016

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 media to share, please email the society at ctentsoc@gmail.com.

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Meeting:

  • 7:30pm, University of Connecticut
  • Biology and Physics Building room 130, 91 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06269
  • 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.

Dinner:

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

 

Speaker: Brigette Zacharczenko

Title: The systematics of Acronictinae and the evolution of larval defenses in Acronicta

Summary: While the end is in sight, the dissertation isn’t quite fully cooked – so you will be treated to a summary and teasers for Brigette’s final dissertation defense, anticipated in November of this year.  She will discuss the process of her research on Lepidoptera, as well as some of the results. The journey will be filled with humor, hard work, and an appreciation for how everything takes longer than you think. And hopefully, you’ll feel enticed to attend the real thing!

BIO: Former CES president Brigette Zacharczenko has a BSc from McGill University, and is nearly done with her PhD at UConn under the tutelage of Dr. Wagner. She studies the evolution of larval defenses in the moth genus Acronicta, the Dagger Moths. Her research has focused on the construction of molecular phylogenies, morphological analyses, behavioral experiments, and the utilization of specimen collections. She is also known for her extracurricular hobbies: powerlifting, sewing, and her fiancé Dillon. She is on the job hunt in order to continue her professional and personal life here in CT, and hopes to remain an active member in the society.

May 022016
 

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 stanmalcolm@yahoo.com (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
Sessions Woods

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.

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3pm – Indoor meeting

4pm – Outdoor collecting

6pm – Potluck dinner

7pm – Evening presentation

Until midnight: Light-trapping

Apr 042016
 
527th Monthly Meeting
Chasing Lepidoptera in Western North America from the Arctic to Arizona
Glenn Morrell
Join us April 15th for our annual potluck meeting and silent auction at the Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven! 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!
Time: Friday the 15th. Potluck begins at 6:00pm; business meeting starting at 7:30pm.
Location: Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES), Jones Auditorium

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.

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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.

 

 

 

Glenn MorrellBio

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.

 

Mar 032016
 

526th Monthly Meeting
March 25th, 2016
Yale University

EPT (Mayflies, Stoneflies, Caddisflies) Taxonomy Workshop For Biomonitoring and Aquatic Biodiversity Surveys.

Location:  Osborn Memorial Labs (OML). The building is on the corner of Sachem and Prospect; enter through the right-hand door (parallel Sachem St. (map).  Parking in the outdoor lot near Ingall’s Rink or our usual lot near Klein Geology Lab.

Dinner will be provided free at 6:30 in OML (room 201), donations appreciated,

Meeting at 7:30 p.m. in room 201, followed by the workshop in room 212.

Dues: Be sure to bring your completed dues form if you haven’t already, so that you can get one of our new EntSoc stickers!

Steven K. Burian Ph.D, Professor of Biology, Southern Connecticut State University.

The workshop will have 2 parts. The first part will be an update on taxonomic changes that have occurred concerning the primary taxonomic reference (An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America, 4th ed. (2008)) concerning the Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera keys to nymphs and larvae. The Second part of the workshop will be a hands-on opportunity for anyone who wants to examine representative families and genera of the immature mayflies, stoneflies, and caddisflies. In this part participants can select particular taxa from self-test study sets and spend some time learning to observe particularly difficult taxonomic characters or just see some unusual taxa. The focus of the hands-on session is to help people improve their confidence and competence in identifying families (and some genera) of these important aquatic orders.

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Feb 172016
 

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:

5-MINUTE TALKS

Miranda Squillace
University of Connecticut, undergraduate
Identifying the defense mechanisms of lacewings as it relates to ant predation

Ben Gagliardi
University of Connecticut, graduate student
Secrets of the canopy: non-nectar feeding and false rarity of hairstreak butterflies

Joe DeSisto
University of Connecticut, undergraduate
Appalachian Adventures with Centipedes

Rebecca Beilinson
Yale University, undergraduate
Developing Species Distribution Models for North American Dragonflies

10-MINUTE TALKS

Sabrina Couceiro
Eastern Connecticut State University, undergraduate

Ronald Kaiser
Eastern Connecticut State University, undergraduate

Matthew Nochisaki
High school student

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.