Newsletter of the Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods)

Volume 19 No. 2, Fall 2000


Requests for Material or Information Invited


General information and editorial notes

News and Notes
Grasslands conference at 2000 meeting
Survey’s website expanding
Biodiversity brief published
Spider newsletter published
New cone and seed insect web site
Nature Discovery Fund makes first award
Summary of the Scientific Committee meeting
Members of the Scientific Committee

Comments on Error Rates in Insect Identifications

Project Update: Insects of Keewatin and Mackenzie

The Website of the Biological Survey

The Quiz Page

Selected Publications

Selected Future Conferences

Quips and Quotes

Requests for Material or Information Invited

Request for Cooperation (form)

Would you like assistance in studying the fauna?

The Biological Survey of Canada encourages cooperation in taxonomic and ecological studies of the arthropod fauna. Please complete and return the form on the next page if you have a request for material or information that might be obtained elsewhere in Canada (compare the sample entries from a previous list of requests that are shown below).

Requests should be made by the middle of January; the list of requests will appear in the Spring 2001 newsletter.

Sample entries (addresses omitted):


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
2 Adelgidae (conifer woolly aphids) Anywhere Preserve insects and bark, needles or galls in 70% ethanol. Specimen records and host plant records. R. Foottit
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
4 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
5 Aphididae (aphids) Anywhere Preserve in 70% ethanol.
Specimen records and host plant records.
R. Foottit
6 Asilidae
(robber flies)
North America Pinned adults R.A. Cannings
7 Braconidae Anywhere Pointed or in ethanol M. Sharkey
8 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


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