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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logoMay: General Meeting

Date & Time: 14 May 2019 at 1pm

Business will include:

A presentation by presented by Dr Nancy Schellhorn on the topic of "The journey to RapidAIM".

More than 30% of the food produced never makes it past the farm gate, and of that ~ 13% is due to loss from insect pests. This is even after management with insecticides, of which the vast majority of spray never reaches the intended target. One of the greatest barriers to better pest management is knowing when and where are pests in the crop, farm and region. Technological change in real-time insect monitoring is helping to remove this barrier. The changes are largely driven by macro-economic trends of increased cost of labour, international agricultural trade, shifting consumer demand, and a confluence of new hardware technologies that free computation from the desktop. Real-time insect monitoring can provide early detection of pests, targeted control, and validation that control is working. Nancy will talk about the RapidAIM technology that she and her colleagues invented, the journey of forming a company, commercialising their technology, and rolling out grids of RapidAIM sensors across the country.

Dr Nancy Schellhorn is a co-inventor and co-founder of RapidAIM automated insect monitoring. RapidAIM provides a service of real-time pest detection for targeted insect pest control and validation. RapidAIM can remove barriers to insect detection and monitoring, pest data input, communication, and coordinated pest control.

Prior to co-founding RapidAIM Pty Ltd, Nancy was a Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO in Brisbane Australia where she developed and lead research into the concept of pest-suppressive landscapes; a means to design, measure and manage the agricultural landscapes to capture the ecosystem services of pest control.

Followed by afternoon tea. All welcome!

Location: Library, Ecosciences Precinct Boggo Road, Dutton Park

Visitors 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.

Aroona BugCatch March 2019: Report coming soon!

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.

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

16th International Auchenorrhyncha Congress
2-8 July 2019
Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam

8th International Symposium on Molecular Insect Science
7-10 July 2019
Sitges, nr Barcelona, Spain

2019 International Congress of Odonatology
14-19 July 2019
Austin, Texas, USA

Entomology 2019
November 17–20, 2019
St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Australian Entomological Society's 50th AGM and Scientific Conference
in conjunction with
Society of Australian Systematic Biologists and Australasian Arachnological Society
1-4 Dec 2019
Brisbane, QLD

International Congress of Entomology
19-24 July 2020
Helsinki, Finland