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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logoAugust: General Meeting:

Date & Time: 13 August 2019 at 1pm

Business will include:

"Assessing risk in host-specificity testing for weed biological control: juxtaposing scientific and regulatory perspectives"

Host location and host use in phytophagous insects is a catenary process that is shaped by the evolutionary context in which the insect-plant interaction originated, and the ecological context in which interactions play out. Understanding these aspects is crucial to the scientific practice of classical biological control of weeds, where we try to use specialist insects (and plant pathogens) in the management of invasive plants. In addition to a range of ecological and evolutionary studies across the native and introduced ranges, research and inference in this domain needs to be undertaken in a regulatory framework guided by risk analysis. In this talk, I will focus on the scientific/conceptual frameworks within which we undertake research in weed biological control and compare the scientific and regulatory interpretations of risk in Australia. In doing so, I will identify areas of science, risk analysis and risk communication that we could improve to enable us to strengthen the discipline and practice of weed biological control.

presented by Dr Raghu Sathyamurthy, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity

Location: Ground floor Seminar Room, 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