Newsletter of the Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods)

Volume 19 No. 1, Spring 2000


News and Notes


General information and editorial notes

News and Notes
Activities at the Entomological Societies' Meeting
Summary of the Scientific Committee Meeting
Symposium on Biodiversity
Yukon book well received

Project Update: seasonal adaptations in insects

The Quiz Page

Jumping Spiders of Canada

Selected Future Conferences

Answers to Faunal Quiz

Quips and Quotes

List of Requests for Material or Information required for Studies of the Canadian Fauna 2000

Cooperation Offered

List of Addresses

Index to Taxa








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Activities at the Entomological Societies' Meeting

The 1999 joint annual meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and the Entomological Society of Saskatchewan took place in Saskatoon, 26-29 September 1999. The meeting was attended by more than 200 people. Many student members presented papers, with 33 entrants for the President’s Prize student paper competition. Items in the program or associated with it included:

  • A plenary session on “Global and local perspectives on managing the millennium bug”

  • Symposia on “Insect population monitoring and forecasting” and “Biorational / biotechnological pest control”

  • Workshops on “Lygus bugs”, “Preparing and assessing grant applications”, “Internet resources for entomologists”, and “Leafhoppers”

  • Submitted papers in four sessions.

  • A student paper competition, in four sessions, for the President’s Prize of the Entomological Society of Canada.

  • The ESC Heritage Lecture, given by Dr. Paul Riegert, entitled “Entomology in Saskatchewan: the early years”.

  • The ESC Gold Medal Address entitled “The role of taxonomists and natural history collections in biodiversity studies”, given by Dr. Lubomir Masner.

Governing board and annual general meetings also took place, the gold medal and other honours were awarded, exhibits were displayed, and there were many opportunities for informal exchange of information, including an opening reception and a banquet.

Papers on systematics and related themes

The following titles include some of the papers of faunal interest that were presented in the various scientific sessions, including posters. (Interesting treatments on a range of other subjects also were presented in the various sessions):

Insects as ecological indicators of natural and modified landscapes in the Whangamata area, New Zealand. J.A. McLean, D.C. Jones, S. Kilvert, C.E. Ecroyd, R. MacFarlane and J.S. Dugdale

Lepidoptera diversity in mature and old growth aspen stands. G.R. Pohl

Tarsi across the water: Holarctic relationships in the chloropid genera Dasyopa and Trachysiphonella. T.A. Wheeler

Survey of thrips species associated with retail greenhouse operations in Edmonton, Alberta. K.M. Fry

Evolution of noctuid pests: a molecular perspective. A. Mitchell

Epigaeic arthropod succession in boreal forests: convergence, recovery, or both? C.M. Buddle, J.R. Spence and D.W. Langor

Habitat preferences of spiders along a gradient between a freshwater pond and a forest. A. Graham

Response of the natural enemy complex to epidemic bark and sawyer beetle populations. K. Ryall and S. Smith

Carabid beetles and riparian zones: the continuing story of forestry practices’ influence on wildlife. S. Lavallee

Carabid beetle communities along an urban-rural gradient. D.J. Hartley, J.R. Spence, E.D. Montes de Oca and G.E. Ball

Boreal spiders and carabid beetles as bioindicators of forest disturbance and management. D.P. Shorthouse and K.J. Cryer

The implications of spruce budworm mangement for the species and ecosystem diversity of carabid beetles and moths in the boreal forest. C.M. Wytrykush and N.J. Holliday

A simple guide to forest defoliators. L. Morneau, J.R. Spence and W.J.A. Volney

Responses of insect communities to site preparation in jack pine plantations. M.I. Bellocq, M. Doka and S.M. Smith

Life history and seasonal dynamics of wolf spiders. C.M. Buddle

Carabid beetle assemblages of Elk Island National Park. K.J. Cryer and J.R. Spence

Hymenopterous parasitoids of filth fly (Diptera: Muscidae) pupae in cattle feedlots. K.D. Floate, B.A. Khan and G.A.P. Gibson

Shutterbugs of the past. Selected photos from the Spencer Entomological Museum, University of British Columbia. S. Lavallee

Effects of insecticides and ground cover management on predatory ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) within an enhanced IPM apple orchard in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia (Canada). C.P.S. O’Flaherty, S. Rigby, C. Sheffield, R. Smith and K.I.N. Jensen

Saskatchewan aquatic insect web page. D. Parker and D. Lehmkuhl

Influence of orchard managements systems on abundance and diversity of Hymenoptera with emphasis on Chalcidoidea. M. Trombley, R. Smith, C. Sheffield and S. Rigby

Ephemeroptera of the South Saskatchewan River, SK. J. Webb and D. Lehmkuhl

Incomplete barriers to mitochondrial gene flow between pheromone races of the North American pine engraver, Ips pini (Say) (Coleoptera, Scolytidae). A.I. Cognato, S.J. Seybold and F.A.H. Sperling

Incidence of endoparasites in a population of bumble bees (Bombus spp.). T.L. Whidden, M.C. Otterstatter and R.E. Owen

The higher Diptera community associated with sedges (Cyperaceae: Carex) in southern Quebec. F. Beaulieu

Phylogenetic implications of male genitalia in the subfamily Dolichopodinae (Diptera: Dolichopodidae). S. Brooks

Leaf mining as an evolutionary innovation: a reassessment. V. Crecco and T.A. Wheeler

A North American grasshopper living in Eurasia after all? G. Litzenberger and W. Chapco

Systematics and phylogeny of Lauxania Latreille (Diptera: Lauxaniidae). J. Pérusse and T.A. Wheeler

Systematics of the genus Thricops (Diptera: Muscidae). J. Savage

The effects of grazing on ant biodiversity in the south Okanagan. J. Heron and G.G.E. Scudder

The effects of grazing on Orthoptera and Grylloptera biodiversity in the South Okanagan. P. Liu and G.G.E. Scudder

After the crash: monitoring endemic forest tent caterpillar populations and their parasitoids. C. Schmidt, and J. Roland

The effect of trap size on catch rates of spiders and beetles. L.M. Korinus, C.M. Buddle and J.R. Spence


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