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Meetings

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.

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logoSeptember: General Meeting

Date & Time: 12 September 2017 at 1pm

Business will include: The Perkins Memorial Lecture

"Why I study social insects"

presented by Dr Madeleine Beekman
from the Behaviour and Genetics of Social Insects Lab, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

In Virgil’s poem The Georgics, worker bees are described as happily sacrificing their reproductive prerogatives in order to joyfully labour in the service of their colony and monarch. This view has held sway for the greater part of history, until the publication of Hamilton’s inclusive fitness theory. Although Hamilton’s work initially explained how non-reproductive workers in insect colonies could evolve, Darwin’s ‘one special difficulty’, his gene-focused explanation also predicts conflict. So, we can view an insect colony both as a harmonious, xenophobic society in which workers selflessly sacrifice their reproductive opportunities in order to serve their queen and as a battlefield, with selfish individuals pursuing their own interests. Which angle is most appropriate depends on the exact question one wants to ask. I study honeybees to ask questions about how a collective makes decisions but also to elucidate when conflict is expected and means to avoid conflict.

All welcome! Join us after the meeting for tea and coffee.

Location: Seminar room, 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.

The latest BugCatch: November 2016.

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

3rd Hemipteran-Plant Interactions Symposium
June 4–8, 2017
Madrid, SPAIN
http://www.hpis2017.csic.es/

The 5th International Forum for Surveillance and Control of Mosquitoes and Mosquito-borne Diseases
May 22-26, 2017
Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. www.asiansvemc.org or www.mosquitoforum.net

EVOLUTION 2017
Joint Congress between the American Society of Naturalists (ASN), The Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB) and the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE)
23-27 June 2017, Portland, OR
http://www.evolutionmeetings.org/future-meetings-2017.html

3rd BioSyst.EU meeting
August 15–18, 2017
University of Gothenburg, SWEDEN
http://www.conferencemanager.se/BiosystEU2017/

16th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology
20-25 August 2017
Groningen, the Netherlands
http://www.eseb2017.nl/

IV International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology (ICIM4)
18-23 August 2017
Moscow State University, Moscow, RUSSIA
http://www.icim4.com/