General information and editorial notes
News and Notes
Forest arthropods project news
The results of the survey of forest arthropod biodiversity projects in Canada (see Forest Arthropod Project Inventory in Canada. Newsletter of the Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods) 23(1): 17-18) are now available on the Biological Survey web site.
This database will be actively maintained so should there be changes or additions, please forward information to David Langor (email@example.com). Thanks to all who responded to the survey.
The first issue of the Forest Arthropods Newsletter is in preparation and will be distributed in early December 2004. If you have news items about forest arthropod biodiversity issues, including faunistics, systematics, conservation, disturbance ecology and adaptive forest management, that you would like to contribute to the Newsletter (in English or French), please forward by October 31, 2004 to Dave Langor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Black Flies (Simuliidae) of North America by P.H. Adler, D.C. Currie and D.M. Wood was published this year. This book compiles nearly all the published information on North American black flies. All aspects of black flies are treated within the context of a worldwide perspective, including natural history and ecology, cytology and morphology, phylogeny and classification, economic impact, pest management, natural enemies, history of research, study methods, and identification. Information on ordering can be found at www.cornellpress.cornell.edu.
Many of the entomology web products that were removed from the Agriculture and Agri-food Canada website in 2002 have been relocated to two websites established by the CanaColl Foundation and the North American Dipterists Society. Most of the original Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes website is now located at http://www.canacoll.org/. The site has been updated and is still being developed. Important documents such as a Checklist to the Beetles of Canada and Alaska, and an Illustrated Glossary of Positional and Morphological Terms for Chalcid Wasps, as well as several new documents, can be found on the CanaColl website. Most of AAFC's Diptera web documents are now located at http://www.nadsdiptera.org/ These include the newsletters Fly Times and Tachinid Times, a Directory of North American Dipterists, the CNC Diptera type catalogues, and a series of web pages on Tachinidae.
There will be a symposium at the upcoming meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and Acadian Entomological Society (Charlottetown, 15-18 October 2004), focussing on the insects of the Central Barrens region of arctic Canada. The goal of the symposium is to highlight what has been learned in the four years of the Survey’s project on Insects of the Arctic, and note the work that still needs to be done.
See Arctic Corner for an update on the 2003 and 2004 arctic field collecting.
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