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Activities at the Entomological Societies'
The 1998 joint annual meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and the Société
dentomologie du Québec took place in Québec City, 31 October to 4 November 1998.
The meeting was attended by more than 300 people, including a large number of student
members, many of whom presented papers. The meeting had the theme of Todays
basic research: Tomorrows Integrated Pest Management, and all of the three
symposia and four workshops pertained to this theme. Items in the program or associated
with it included:
- Symposia on Applying the basics of chemical ecology in IPM,
Evolutionary ecology: a conceptual framework for the development of IPM, and
Physiology and molecular biology: towards the development of biorational
- Workshops on Just what is biocontrol anyway?, What is the role
for research in IPM implementation?, Host resistance against the white pine
weevil, and Insect management with physical control methods.
- Submitted papers grouped by the themes of Biodiversity, taxonomy and systematics;
Ecology and biological control; Physiology and molecular biology; Ecology and evolution;
Ecophysiology; and Insect-flower relations.
- A student paper competition, coordinating presentations for the Melville-Duporte
prize of the Société dentomologie du Québec and the Presidents Prize of the
Entomological Society of Canada.
- The ESC Heritage Lecture, given by Dr. Jean-Marie Perron, about the birth of
entomology in Quebec in the 19th century.
- The ESC Gold Medal address, entitled A national aquatic ecosystem health
program program for Canada: we should go against the flow, given by Dr. David
Governing Board and Annual General Meetings also took place, the Gold Medal and other
honours were awarded, and there were many opportunities for informal exchange of
information, including an opening reception and a banquet. Exhibits included entomological
books and equipment.
Papers on systematics and related themes
The following titles include some of the papers of faunal interest that were presented
in various scientific sessions, including posters, in addition to the symposia and
workshops. (Interesting treatments on a range of other subjects also were presented in the
various submitted paper sessions).
- The larvae of Hydrotrupes Sharp and
Agabinus Crotch (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) with implications for the phylogeny of the
Colymbetinae. Y. Alarie
- Geographic affinities of Diptera in relict grasslands of the Yukon. S.
- Systematics of the subfamily Dolichopodinae (Diptera: Dolichopodidae). S.E.
- Biogeography of the genus Liosphex Townes (Rhopalosomatidae, Hymenoptera):
examining disjunct distribution. S. Guidotti
- A World Wide Web information system on the Tachinidae (Diptera) of bertha
armyworm (Mamestra configurata, Noctuidae). J.E. OHara
- Staphylinid beetle diversity in mature and regenerating coniferous forests in
Alberta. G.R. Pohl
- Ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) of tallgrass prairie in southern Manitoba:
effects of controlled burning and implications for conservation. D.A. Pollock and
- A method to determine carabid density from pitfall data. D.A. Raworth and
- Diversity of arthropods associated with nests of passerine birds. C.
- Phylogeny and zoogeography of Cetema Hendel (Diptera: Chloropidae). J.
Savage and T.A. Wheeler
- Chloropidae (Diptera) of the Yukon: unknown diversity and unresolved patterns. T.A.
- 1998: The quest for lepidopteran diversity. L. Morneau, J.R. Spence and
- The evolution of aquatic behaviour in Hymenoptera. A.M.R. Bennett
- Landscape as a filter for density-dependent parasitoids. J. Roland
- The effects of landscape structure on population genetic structure of the alpine
butterfly, Parnassius smintheus. N. Keyghobadi, J. Roland and C. Strobeck
- Master builders of mobile homes: larvae of Coleophora (Lepidoptera:
Coleophoridae). J.-F. Landry
- Cylindrosella n.sp. (Ptiliidae: Nanosellinae), one of the smallest beetles in
North America and its potential as an old-growth forest specialist. P. Paquin, N.
Dupéré and P.-P. Harper
- Regional adaptation in forest tent caterpillar populations. D. Parry,
R.A. Goyer and G.J. Lenhard
- Spatio-temporal patterns of floral utilization by indigenous bees within the new
Brunswick lowbush blueberry agro-ecosystem. S.K. Javorek and K.E. MacKenzie
- Annual variation in native bee populations foraging on lowbush blueberry. K.E.
MacKenzie and S.K. Javorek
- Stand vigour influences the abundance and diversity of eastern hemlock looper
natural enemies. S.A. Pardy
- The ecology of the forked fungus beetle, Bolitotherus cornutus (Panzer). S.
Teichert and S. Bondrup-Nielsen
- A spatial analysis of spruce budworm outbreak patterns in Quebec. D. Gray
- Insect viruses, biodiversity and equibibrium. J. Drolet, I. Gerke, and H.
- Sympatry in the European earwig. S. Guillet, J. Deunff, A. Guiller and M.
- Ants: key food in amphibian assemblages. M.I. Bellocq, K. Kloosterman and
- Pestiferous and predatory arthropods on an abandoned cranberry farm in British
Columbia. J. Troubridge and S. Fitzpatrick
- Carabidae fauna dynamics within an Integrated Fruit Production apple orchard in
Nova Scotia, Canada. R.F. Smith, C. OFlaherty, S. Rigby and H. Goulet
- Insects of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. S.B. Peck