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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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logoMay: General meeting

11 May 2021 at 1pm

Our meeting and presetentations will be held virtually and live this month; members will receive a zoom meeting link or are welcome to attend in person. Please contact the secretary if you wish to attend in person.

This month's presentation is by Dr Toni Withers, Scion, the New Zealand Forest Research Institute. Toni will present:

"Australian paropsine beetles and their biocontrol across the ditch"

Endemic to Australia, five paropsines that target Eucalyptus have invaded New Zealand: Paropsis charybdis (since 1916), Trachymela sloanei (1976), Trachymela catenata (1992), Paropsisterna beata (2012) and Paropsisterna cloelia (=variicollis) (2016). Of all the eucalypt insect pest species, P. charybdis is both the largest and most damaging, defoliating valued Symphyomyrtus eucalypts, especially Eucalyptus nitens. The biological control of P. charybis in New Zealand has been variable to date despite egg parasitoids and a ladybird being successfully introduced, on purpose: Enoggera nassaui (Pteromalidae) and Cleobora mellyi (Coccinellidae) and accidentally Neopolycystus insectifurax, (Pteromalidae). Improved biological control is needed to avoid the industry's reliance upon aerial spraying.
Collaborations over the last 8 years with Australian forestry entomologists and molecular taxonomists in USA have effectively integrated phylogenetic approaches to aid in species delimitation. Initial efforts to identify a biocontrol agent for larval P. charybdis focussed on Eadya paropsidis (Braconidae: Euphorinae). We performed in depth field collections in Tasmania and rearing over five years, and a multi-gene phylogenetic analysis revealed 3 new Eadya species in addition to E. paropsidis. Eadya paropsidis in fact targets P. tasmanica. Two of the new species parasitise P. charybdis but the most abundant, Eadya daenerys, was chosen for introduction to NZ and host testing. Eadya anneleckiae was identified as a larval parasitoid of Pst. cloelia. Without the systematic biologists involvement in this complex biocontrol project, the wrong species may have been introduced into New Zealand. It has been a truly fruitful collaboration.

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.

Planning is underway for BugCatch at Yetman, NSW, and the QTFN Aroona property in 2021. Watch this space for updates!

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

Entomology 2020--Entomology Society of America's Virtual Annual Meeting - November 11-25 with live stream content November 16-19. Find out more...