Newsletter of the Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods)

Volume 19 No. 1, Spring 2000


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

This list is intended to facilitate cooperation among entomologists by encouraging those who visit suitable areas while engaged in other studies to collect material of particular interest to workers elsewhere. Similar lists that were circulated in previous years prompted the transmission of several useful sets of material, and the efforts of the various cooperators were much appreciated.

Minimum data requested with all specimens are, of course, locality, date, collector and habitat.

(** denotes address reference)

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

Cooperation offered

List of addresses

Index to Taxa















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Material Requested

Areas of Interest

Collecting Methods, Notes

Name of Requester

1 Acari (free living and parasitic terrestrial and aquatic mites) Anywhere, but especially subarctic and arctic Canada, Canadian grasslands Berlese-Tullgren funnel extraction from subaquatic substrates, from grasses and sedges, and from bird and mammal nests, would be especially fruitful (preserve in 75% ethanol +5% glycerine) V.M. Behan-Pelletier; E.E. Lindquist; I.M. Smith 1
2 Adelgidae (confier wooly aphids) Anywhere Preserve insects and bark, needes or galls in 70% ethanol. Specimen records and host plant records. R. Foottit 1
3 Aleyrodidae (whiteflies) North America Preserve insects and host plant material in 70% ethanol. Adults may be dried. Specimen records and host plant records (Canadian National Collection deficient in all species, including pest species). R. Foottit 1
4 Anthomyiidae Nearctic region Reared material in the following genera: Acridomyia (grasshopper parasitoids), Hylemya, Lasiomma and Anthomyia (larvae dung feeders, etc.), Strobilomyia (larvae in cones of conifers), Egle (larvae in willow catkins) and Chirosia (larvae feeding on ferns). Material should be properly mounted and labelled. It will be returned to sender in due course. G.C.D. Griffiths 2
5 Anthomyzidae New World Adults from any habitat, but often associated with graminoids. Preservation in 70% ethanol preferred. Maliase and especially pan trap residues are acceptable and valuable. General description of herbaceous cover and soil moisture advantageous. K.N. Barber 3
6 Aphididae(aphids) Anywhere Preserve in 70% ethanol. Specimen records and host plant records R. Foottit 1
7 Asilidae(robber flies) North America Pinned adults. R.A. Cannings 4
8 Braconidae Anywhere Pointed or in ethanol. M. Sharkey 5
9 Bumble bees Anywhere in Canada Include floral host if any. Collect and preserve dry (but specimens that have already been put into ethanol are acceptable). R.C. Plowright 6
10 Butterflies (see also 35) Arctic Preserve papered or pinned (collecting / preserving information supplied on request) [for Alaska Lepidoptera Survey] K.W. Philip 7
11 Ceratopogonidae Anywhere in Canada Send in fully topped-up vials of 70% ethanol. Reared material is especially valuable; provide type of substrate or habitat if material is reared A. Borkent 8
12 Cercopidae (froghoppers, spittlebugs) Canada and Alaska Specimens (preferably not in ethanol if possible), records and host records. KG.A Hamilton 1
 13 Chalcidoids,especially Eupelmidae Holarctic Incl. sweep-net samples (see also 44) (collect into ethanol). Reared material is especially useful. G.A.P. Gibson 1
14 Chironomidae: Larsia (Tanypodinae) Nearctic and Palearctic fresh waters Reared material preferred but will accept all stages in ethanol or on slides B. Bilyj 9
15 Chironomidae: Eukiefferiella, Tvetenia (Orthocladiinae) All areas, especially Ontario Include sampling method, habitat information. W.B. Morton 10
16 Chrysomelidae (leaf beetles) Anywhere, but especially in Canada Mounted or unmounted and preserved in acetic alcohol (70 ethanol: 25 water: 5 parts glacial acetic acid). Include accurate (species level) host plant information. L. LeSage 1
17 Cicadellidae (leafhoppers) Canada and Alaska Specimens (preferably not in ethanol), records and host records K.G.A Hamilton 1
 18 Coccoidea (scale insects) North America Preserve insect and host plant material in 70% ethanol. Specimen records and host plant records R. Foottit 1
19 Coleoptera (adults or immatures) Canada For teaching. Material from mass collections accepted. (Kill larvae in boiling water removed from the heating element, let cool and transfer to 70% ethanol.) Y.H. Prévost 11
20 Coleoptera (identified Northern Canada Will collect S. Ont. in exchange; has N.W.T. duplicates to exchange for identification. A. Morgan 12
21 Curculionidae (weevils Anywhere, but especially northern Canada Adults can be pinned, pointed, or preserved in ethanol. Record host plant information if possible. D.E. Bright 1
22 Cynipidae: insect galls from domestic and wild roses Anywhere Maturing to mature galls. Remove galls from plants and place in plastic bags. Try to segregate galls of different species. Preserve any emergents in 70% ethanol. J.D. Shorthouse 13
23 Dermaptera: Forficula auricularia (perce-oreille européen / European earwig) Amérique du Nord et autres régions si possible A sec ou dans l’alcool. J.C. Tourneur 14
24 Diprionidae (diprionid sawflies) North America Living diprionid sawflies of any species, identified or unidentified. Record foodplant. Contact in advance about shipping. L Packer 15
25 Dytiscidae(predaceous diving beetles) Canada, Alaska and northern USA Adults and larvae; adults should be pinned or if in ethanol preliminarily sorted. D.J. Larson 16
26 Eupelmidae: Anastatus North America Reared materials with associated sexes are particularly important, regardless how few in number. G.A.P. Gibson 1
27 Formicidae (ants) Anywhere Record type of habitat and nest site. Include brood if possible (preserve in ethanol). A. Francoeur 17
28 Fungal pathogens of insects (esp. deuteromycetes and ascomycetes) Anywhere Place any fungus-infected specimens in a vial. (Identification of the fungus available on request.) D. Strongman 18
29 Halictidae (sweat bees) brown and black spp. only North America Particularly from blueberries. Pinned or preserved. Include flower record if available. L. Packer 15
30 Hemiptera: Heteroptera (bugs) Anywhere Aquatic and semi-aquatic Heteroptera from acid waters (an indication of pH would be useful). Terrestrial Heteroptera from bogs. Preserve in ethanol. G.G.E. Scudder 19
31 Hydracarina: Sperchon (Unionicolidae)     J.C. Conroy 20
32 Insects on snow Especially western mountains Chionea (Tipulidae), Boreus (Mecoptera), Capniidae (Plecoptera): preserve in 70% ethanol. S. Cannings 21
33 Isoptera (termites) N. America incl. Mexico Preserve in 75% ethanol; try to collect as many soldiers as possible. T.G. Myles 22
34 Leiodidae (=Leptodiridae) Northern forest and tundra areas; prairies and grassland Most easily collected by window traps or flight intercept traps; and car nets (Can. Ent. 124: 745, 1992) (collect into ethanol). S.B. Peck 23
35 Lepidoptera (see also 9) Arctic For revisionary work on the holarctic fauna. J.D. Lafontaine 1
36 Lepidoptera Manitoulin Island and surrounding islands Records for use in monograph of the region. Information on old records from collections would be particularly welcome. J.K. Morton 24
37 Lygaeidae Anywhere Material can be collected in ethanol. G.G.E. Scudder 19
38 Mallophaga Anywhere Preserve specimens in 70% ethanol; host species is extremely important. T.D. Galloway 25
39 Microlepidoptera (excluding Pyralidae and Tortricidae) North America, esp. west in dry/arid habitats and prairies (CNC deficient in all western species Include collecting method and time of day collected. Kill with ammonia fumes. Field-pin; instruction leaflet and field kit available on request J.F. Landry 1
40 Milichiidae Anywhere Malaise traps are particularly productive; also any found in association with ant nests extremely appreciated. Preserve in 70% ethanol. J. Swann 26
41 Odonata (dragonflies) North America Include 2-3 word habitat description. Adults preferably in envelopes or papered, prepared by immersing in acetone for 24 hours, then dried; larvae in 70% ethanol. R.A. Cannings 4
42 Opiliones (harvestmen) Canada and adjacent states Preserve in 75% ethanol, especially adults with notes on habitats. R. Holmberg 27
43 Orthoptera Anywhere   J-T. Yang 28
44 Parasitic Hymenoptera Anywhere Including selected unsorted Malaise, suction, pan or pitfall trap collections (pan trap kits and instructions supplied free on request). L. Masner 1
45 Phoridae Anywhere; especially boreal Collect into 70% ethanol: especially interested in Malaise trap samples from boreal forest. B.V. Brown 29
46 Pipunculidae (big-headed flies) Anywhere in North America Adults can be pinned, pointed or preserved in ethanol. E. Georgeson 30
47 Psyllidae North America Preferably preserve in glycerine or dried. Specimen records and host plant records. R. Foottit 1
48 Pteromalidae: Pachyneuron North America Reared materials with associated sexes are particularly important, regardless how few in number. G.A.P. Gibson 1
49 Salticidae (jumping spiders) Canada Adult specimens preserved in 70% ethanol. Include collecting method, habitat information C. Buddle, D. Shorthouse 31
50 Scelionid egg parasites of Orthoptera Anywhere Especially from Grylloidea; preserve in ethanol. L. Masner 1
51 Silphidae Canada Include habitat and trapping method. Malaise trap material welcome. R. Lauff 32
52 Simuliidae (black flies) North America, esp. western and northern species Preserve larvae in Carnoy’s solution (1 glacial acetic acid: 3 absolute ethanol). Reared adults with associated pupal exuviae preferred. Instructions available on request. D.C. Currie 26
53 Siphonaptera (fleas) Anywhere Preserve specimens in 70% ethanol; host species is extremely important T.D. Galloway 25
54 Solpugida (sun spiders) Canada Preserve in 75% ethanol, especially adults with notes on habitat. R. Holmberg 27
55 Sphaeroceridae Anywhere, esp. arctic or high elevations Collect into ethanol. Acalyptrate fraction of trap samples welcomed. S.A. Marshall 33
56 Symphyta (sawflies) Boreal and arctic Canada Larvae and adults collected by Malaise trap, sweeping, etc. (collect into 70% ethanol). Identify larval food plant as far as possible. H. Goulet 1
57 Tabanidae Canada Include habitat and trapping method. Malaise trap material welcome. R. Lauff 32
58 Thysanoptera (thrips) North America Preserve in 70% ethanol). Specimen records, habitat, host plant records where applicable. R. Foottit 1
59 Trichoptera (caddisflies) Anywhere Larvae, pupae and adults, especially collections that might lead to species identification of larva through association with adult. Preserve adults dry or in 80% ethanol, larvae and pupae in Kahle’s fluid or 80% ethanol. G.B. Wiggins 26
60 [Identifications] High Arctic Specimens of soil animals in return for identifications G. Søvik 34


Cooperation Offered

a Identification of groups of interest in return for a sample of duplicate specimens Most but not all of entries in list above.
b Willing to sort material from certain residues, bulk samples, etc. See entries 5, 13, 19, 44, 51, 55, 57
c Field kits or instructions available on request. See especially entries 39, 44, 52 above.
d Exchange of specimens. Several requesters, including entries 7, 20, 41, 53 above.
e Limited collecting in Coppermine area, N.W.T., if particular material required. A. Gunn (address 35 below).
f Collecting of soil animals on Ellesemere Island, arctic Canada G. Søvik (see entry 60 above)
g Material in exchange for identifications. G. Søvik (see entry  60 above)
h Caterpillars, larval sawflies, aphids and mites available on request from trapnests for solitary bees and wasps. P. Hallett (address 36 below)


List of Addresses

1. Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6

2. 117 Collingwood Cove, 51551 Range Road 212A, Sherwood Park, AB T8G 1B2

3. Canadian Forest Service, 1219 Queen St. E., Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 5M7

4. Royal British Columbia Museum, P.O. Box 9815, Stn. Prov. Govt., Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9W2

5. Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky, 5 - 225 Agricultural Science Center North, Lexington, Kentucky 40546-0091, U.S.A.

6. 482 Montée de la Source, Cantley, Québec J8V 3H9

7. University of Alaska, Institute of Arctic Biology, P.O. Box 757000, Fairbanks, Alaska U.S.A. 99775-7000 

8. 1171 Mallory Road, R1-S20-C43, Enderby, B.C. V0E 1V0

9. 12 Westroyal Road, Etobicoke, Ontario M9P 2C3

10. 3 Woodridge Dr. , Guelph, Ontario N1E 3M2

11. School of Forestry, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5E1

12. Department of Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

13. Department of Biology, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6

14. Département des Sciences biologiques, Université du Québec à Montréal, C.P. 8888, Montréal, Québec H3C 3P8

15. Department of Biology, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Downsview, Ontario M3J 1P3

16. Department of Biology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland A1B 3X9

17. Département des Sciences fondamentales, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, 9555 boul. de l’Université, Chicoutimi, Québec G7H 2B1

18. Department of Biology, St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3

19. Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5

20. Department of Biology, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9

21. B.C. Conservation Data Centre, Wildlife Branch, Ministry of Environment, PO Box 9344 Stn. Prov. Govt., Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9M1

22. Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto, 33 Willcocks, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3B3

23. Department of Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6

24. Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

25. Department of Entomology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

26. Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6

27. Athabasca University, Centre for Natural and Human Science, Athabasca, Alberta T9S 1A1

28. Department of Entomology, National Chung-Hsing University, Taichung, 402 Taiwan

29 Entomology Section, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007, U.S.A.

30 N.S. Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 130, Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, B0N 2H0

31. Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E9

32. Department of Biology, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5 1

33. Department of Environmental Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1

34. Biological Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1050 Blindern, N-0316, Oslo, Norway

35. Wildlife and Fisheries Division, Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development, Government of the Northwest Territories, Box 1320, Yellowknife, NT X1A 3S8

36. Department of Physiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A8

Index to Taxa (entry nos.)


Solpugida 54

Opiliones 42


Salticidae 49

Acari 1 , 60, h

Hydracarina 1, 30

Collembola 60

Insecta 28, 32

Odonata 41

Plecoptera 32

Isoptera 33

Dermaptera 23

Orthoptera 43, 50

Mallophaga 38

Hemiptera 30

Adelgidae 2

Aleyrodidae 3

Aphididae 6 , h

Cercopidae 12

Cicadellidae 17

Coccoidea 18

Lygaeidae 37

Psyllidae 47

Thysanoptera 58

Coleoptera 19, 20

immatures 19

Chrysomelidae 16

Curculionidae 21

Dytiscidae 25

Leiodidae 34

Silphidae 51

Mecoptera 32


Anthomyiidae 4

Anthomyzidae 5

Asilidae 7

Ceratopogonidae 11

Chironomidae 14, 15

Milichiidae 40

Phoridae 45

Pipunculidae 46

Simuliidae 52

Sphaeroceridae 55

Tabanidae 57

Tipulidae 32

Siphonaptera 53

Lepidoptera 10, 35, 36, 39, h

Trichoptera 59

Hymenoptera 58

parasitic Hymenoptera 8, 13, 26, 44, 48, 50

Aculeata 9, 29

Apidae 9

Braconidae 8

Chalcidoidea 13, 48

Cynipidae 22

Diprionidae 24

Eupelmidae 13, 26

Formicidae 27

Halictidae 29

Pteromalidae 48

Scelionidae 50

Symphyta 24, 56 , h

Fungi 28

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