ESQ general meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month* at 1pm at the Ecoscience Precinct in Dutton Park, Brisbane (see maps below). There is no need to sign in to the ground floor Seminar Room 1.

There is some street parking available with a two-hour limit and good public transport options. Visitors are welcome.

*except January, February and July

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logoApril: General Meeting

Date & Time: 10 April 2018 at 1pm

Business will include:

Presentation by Dr Andrew Walker from The University of Queensland, Institute of Molecular Bioscience speaking on:

"Exploring insect venom and silk production"

The hyperdiversity of the insects represents not only a great number of species, but a galaxy of specific biological adaptations spanning the molecular, anatomical and behavioural levels. Two adaptations that have independently and convergently evolved in multiple insect groups are venom and silk. Both of these materials are produced inside but used outside the body, usually have a proteinaceous composition, and are of considerable interest for biotechnology: venom as a source of bio-insecticides and pharmacological agents; and silk as a source of structural proteins with which to build protein supermaterials having tunable properties.
However, the venom- and silk-producing systems of most insect taxa have not been characterised in detail. Therefore, in this seminar I will describe our recent research in this area, with emphasis on the venom systems of assassin bugs (Hemiptera: Reduviidae), giant fish-killing water bugs (Hemiptera: Belostomatidae), robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) and nettle caterpillars (Lepidoptera: Limacodidae).

Location: Seminar room, Ground Floor, Ecosciences Precinct Boggo Road, Dutton Park

Visitors welcome!


BugCatch :

“Bug-Catch” is a program of collecting trips run by the Entomological Society of Queensland, in conjunction with the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency. The object of the trips is to utilise the specialist insect collecting and identification skills of Society members to assist DERM to compile lists of invertebrates for protected areas (National Parks, Forest Reserves, State Forests, etc). Members are asked to supply lists of species collected, and these are included by DERM in their faunal databases.

Past Bug-Catches have been held at Bribie Island National Park, Koala Bushlands Burbank, Beerwah State Forest, Franke Scrub, D'Aguilar National Park and most recently at Stockyard Creek.

The latest BugCatch: November 2016.

Springbrook BugCatch weekend: November 19-20: Springbrook Plateau. Springbrook is a high wet tableland lying between Lamington and the Gold Coast and is about 90 minutes drive from Brisbane on good roads. We were guests of the Australian Rainforest Conservation Society at their Ankida property which has several hundred hectares of rainforest with running creeks and waterfalls. Report coming soon.

Stockyard Creek BugCatch January 2016 Report...

During the Stockyard Creek BugCatch weekend, Geoff Monteith and Kathy Ebert ran a workshop for ESQ members and local landholders on how to survey dung beetles. Landowners and some ESQ members trapped dung beetles in the district and all catches were later combined and sorted in Brisbane. These BugCatch results, when combined with the rest of the survey, resulted in almost 4000 specimens of 35 different species from 60 different sample sites. All species were photographed and the data were used to plot detailed distribution maps for each species. The overall report gives valuable feedback to the local landowners on the diversity on their properties, as well as giving them the opportunity to see the benefits of participating in a collaborative scientific survey exercise. The results of the survey are available at the following link:

A survey of the dung beetles from the Upper Lockyer Valley (70MB)

Crohamhurst BugCatch November 2015 Report....

Mt Glorious BugCatch September 2014 Report...

Mt Mee BugCatch March 2014 Report...

Franke Scrub BugCatch October 2013 Report...

Other external events and conferences

67th Entomological Society of New Zealand Conference
10-13 April 2018
Whanganui, New Zealand

10th International Symposium on Fruit Flies of Economic Importance
23-27 April 2018
Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico

2nd International "Insects to Feed the World" Conference
May 15–18, 2018
Wuhan, CHINA

8th International Conference on the Biology of Butterflies
June 11–14, 2018
Bangalore, INDIA
XI European Congress of Entomology
2-6 July 2018
Naples, Italy

1st Australian Native Bee Conference
1-2 July 2018
Gold Coast, QLD

International Union for the Study of Social Insects
5-10 August 2018
Guarujá SP, Brazil

XXVII Brazilian Congress of Entomology and XV Latin American Congress of Entomology
September 2–6, 2018
Gramados, BRAZIL

XV International Congress of Acarology
2-8 September 2018
Antalya, Turkey

Australian Entomological Society (AES) 49th AGM and Scientific Conference
September 23–26, 2018
Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Joint Entomology Conference 2018 (Ent. Soc. of America (ESA), Ent. Soc. of Canada (ESC) and Ent. Society of British Columbia (ESBC))
November 11–14, 2018
Vancouver, CANADA

9th International Congress of Dipterology
25-30 November 2018
Windhoek, Namibia