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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.


The Entomological Society of Queensland, since its inception in 1923, has promoted the development of pure and applied entomological 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, annual collecting trips and the publication of a quarterly journal, The Australian Entomologist. Membership in the Society is open to anyone interested in Entomology.journal covers


Meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month in the ground floor seminar rooms at Ecosciences Precinct in Dutton Park, Brisbane. In the past, our guest speakers have presented on a variety of topics including 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 and mosquito control.

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: 11 October 2022 at 1pm

Come along to our next meeting to hear Dr John Moss talk about "An introduction to butterfly host plant associations in southeast Queensland". John's presentation will focus on which native plant families the larvae of various groups of butterflies have evolved to feed on. He will briefly discuss how this association influenced the resultant biodiversity within the Australian environment, and make comment on some implications for the future preservation of buterflies and insects in general.

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The Entomological Society of Queensland is turning 100 next year!!
Plans are underway for our Centenary Celebrations next year. There will be a one day symposium, museum insect exhibition and more. Several projects have been initiated including a special Centenary logo design, 100 stories to reflect 100 years, digitising and indexing our News Bulletins and more. Want to get involved or find out more? Contact the Secretary for more information.longhorn brooch

Looking for a special entomological gift?
"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 newly beetle brochurepublished photo-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 2022 were 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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2022 Student Award $500
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