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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logoMarch: Annual General Meeting

Date & Time: 12 March 2019 at 1pm

Business will include:

Annual General Meeting presentation of reports and approval of 2019 council.

"Come in Sucker – A 46-year Journey with Biting Flies".  Presented by the outgoing President, Mike Muller

As a child growing up on a family dairy farm on South Coast NSW, Mike Muller collected "wrigglers" and "tumblers" from an old boiling copper and put them in jars to watch adult mosquitoes emerge. Little did he know at the time what career awaited him. After graduation with an entomology major in Agricultural Science from the University of Sydney, Mike commenced work in 1972 in the CSIRO Livestock industries for 23 years, initially at the McMaster Laboratory on the campus of the University of Sydney, and transferring to Long Pocket Laboratories in Brisbane in 1977. Work involved collecting and manipulating mosquitoes and biting midges that carry virus diseases in livestock. This included being part of the team that detected bluetongue virus in Australian livestock in the 1970s, and field work from the Top End of the NT to Gippsland in VIC. From 1995 until formal retirement in 2018, Mike was employed for a further 23 years in the Mosquito Management program at Brisbane City Council, running the helicopter spraying program, leading a small technical group, and learning how the work was a mixture of science, politics and diplomacy. Mike will recount some of his experiences over those years and consider some of the challenges facing biting fly control in the future

Followed by afternoon tea. All welcome!

Location: Library, 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.

Aroona BugCatch 2019: Rescheduled to 2-3 March 2019. Details are here.

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

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

3rd International Whitefly Symposium (IWS 2018)
September 16-20, 2018
Fremantle WA

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