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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.

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The Entomological Society of Queensland, since its inception in 1923, has promoted the development of pure and appliedentomological research in Australia, particularly in Queensland. The Society promotes interaction and communication among entomologists through regular meetings with guest seminar speakers, a monthly News Bulletin, collecting trips and the publication of a quarterly journal, The Australian Entomologist. Membership in the Society is open to anyone interested in Entomology.


Meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month in the ground floor seminar rooms at Ecosciences Precinct in Dutton Park, Brisbane. Our guest speakers present on a variety of topics: some examples include hover fly systematics, hive beetle control, history of museum collections, plant volatiles and parasitoid interactions, honeybee navigation and robotics, insect evolutionary genomics, butterflies of Africa, eucalyptus borers, mosquito control and the importance of taxonomy.

We are now holding our meetings 'virtually' as well as live. Members will receive a meeting link via the news bulletin and an email so that people can view the meeting online if they prefer.

The next meeting: 13 December 2022 at 3pm

Come along to our next meeting for Notes & Exhibits presentations plus our end of year BBQ! Details will be in the November News Bulletin. NOTE the later start time! Hope to see you there for our last meeting of the year!


The Entomological Society of Queensland is turning 100 next year!
Plans are underway for all our Centenary Celebrations next year including a "birthday" celebration in March, a Symposium in May, a museum insect exhibition in September, the biennial Perkins Dinner in October and more. Watch this space!

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One hundred years strong: a celebration of Queensland entomology!

As part of the ESQ's Centennial celebrations, we are holding a full-day Symposium at the Queensland Museum (South Bank) on Tuesday, 9 May, 2023. Head over to the Events page to read more and find out about registration prices, keynote speakers and instructions for submitting an abstract!


calendar coverESQ 2023 Insect Calendars are now available!
Twelve stunning insect images with informative captions photographed by twelve ESQ members are presented in our 2023 Centennial calendar.

Order forms available here...



Looking for a special entomological gift?longhorn brooch
"Bugs & Beads" has a whole range of insect/arachnid handcrafted items for you! From fridge magnets, cufflinks, embroidered necklaces to stunning 14/20K gold-filled earrings, and more. 10% of every sale is donated to ESQ to support entomological projects. Check out: Bugs and Beads!

Beetles of Brisbane now available! Beetles of Brisbane is a recently published beetle brochurephoto-guide to the city's common species. The 16-panel glossy brochure includes around 100 beetle images and covers 29 families. Beetles of Brisbane serves as a handy reference for anyone interested in trying to zero in on the family or even the species of beetle they have found or photographed. It includes an introduction to the Coleoptera, brief family descriptions (including tarsal formulae and estimated species number Australia wide) as well as the individual images with species name, length and some additional points of interest. Its production was supported in part by the 2019 ESQ Small Grant to Colleen Foelz (edenINK editing). The brochure is currently available for purchase at $8 (plus postage) Order form.

Reminder! Membership renewals for 2023 are due January 1st. Renewal forms are available here. (Or quick links on the bottom of the page). Please let the secretary know if you have recently changed your postal or email contact details.

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Our next meeting: Dec 13, 2022

2023 Student Award $500
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Renew: Membership renewals are due January 1st.

Get your copy of the Beetles of Brisbane photo guide!

2023 Small Grant Scheme up to $2000
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