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The Society's emblem, chosen in 1973, on the 50th anniversary of the Society, is the King Stag Beetle, Phalacrognathus muelleri (Macleay), Family Lucanidae (Coleoptera). Its magnificent purple and green colouration makes it one of the most attractive beetle species in Australia. It is restricted to the rainforests of northern Queensland.



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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logoOctober: Biennial Perkins Lecture

12 October 2021 at 1pm

Our meeting and presentations will be held virtually and live this month; members will receive a zoom meeting link or are welcome to attend in person.

This month our special Perkins Lecturer will be Emeritus Professor Myron Zalucki. He will present "Challenges for insect conservation and pest management: have we asked the right questions?"

Entomology appears to have been too 'succesful'; management of insects is relatively straightforward until it fails. When it does fail the solution has usually been to reach ofr another insecticide or these days a not so novel genetically modified plant or something. The real challenge is that fundamental questions we need to address have been ignored and the lack of answers usually comes back to haunt, and someone will have to pay the costs. I will illustrate the various questions that should be asked and the lack of satisfactory answers with several case studies -- two involving so called host generalists: the cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera) and the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) a recent invasive in Australia. The other two case studies infolvve host specialists: the ubiquitous diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella) and the old invasive in Australia, the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). All four systems have attracted huge amounts of research dollars and if publications are anything to go by, surely "everything is known". So why have monarch populations declined in North America? Can IPM work for diamondback moth? Has the apparent relative success of resistance management for genetically modified cotton been dumb luck? How much of a problem will fall armyworm be in Australia?The lack of answers or consensus revolves around our lack of understanding of landscape scale resource use and movement in these species, and the effects of climate and natural enemies on population dynamics. Of course the way things are going in Australia, we may not have well-educated entomologists to address these andother relevant questions in future.

All welcome!

BugCatch :

“Bug-Catch” is a program of collecting trips run by the Entomological Society of Queensland. The object of the trips is to utilise the specialist insect collecting and identification skills of Society members to assist in compiling lists of invertebrates for protected areas (National Parks, Forest Reserves, State Forests, etc), in addition to sharing knowledge with other members. Members are asked to supply lists of species collected, for use in 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, Stockyard Creek, Springbrook/Ankida Nature Reserve, and most recently the QTFN Aroona Homestead.

Past Bug-Catches:

Aroona BugCatch March 2019: The Queensland Trust for Nature Aroona property lies to the west of Ipswich in the Little Liverpool Range.

Springbrook BugCatch: November 2016: 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.

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

Australian Entomological Society Conference (virtual) 6-9 December 2021