About the Entomological Society of Victoria

The Entomological Society of Victoria is a non-profit scientific society which welcomes professional, amateur and student entomologists as members. The Society’s interests lie primarily in entomology – the study of insects, however many members are also interested in other groups e.g. spiders. The Society sees itself as having a role in promoting general interest in invertebrates. For our members, we produce a bi-monthly news bulletin, the Victorian Entomologist.

A summary of the Society’s aims are:

  • to stimulate the scientific study and discussion of all aspects of entomology.
  • to gather, disseminate and record knowledge of all identifiable Australian insect species,
  • to compile a comprehensive list of all Victorian insect species,
  • to bring together in a congenial but scientific atmosphere all persons interested in entomology.

Insect Biodiversity and AGM

We are very fortunate to have Dr Luis Mata present for this years’ AGM. Dr Luis Mata is an ecologist with a keen interest in insects, conservation science, urban biodiversity, quantitative methods, citizen science and nature photography.

Luis is particularly interested in exploring how to bring nature back into cities. His talk, The Insect Biodiversity Benefits of Pop-up Parks, is sure to be both visually stunning and enlightening on the role and relationship between insects and the urban environment.

As this is our AGM, the society will be electing new council members. In particular, we are seeking a secretary, as well as general council members. If you have ever wanted to have a more active role, this is your chance! Please feel free to contact us for more information, we are happy to answer any questions you have about the council.

Our usual meeting time is 7:45 pm, however, the videoconference meeting will be open from 7:15 pm, to allow plenty of time to get connected beforehand.

Please contact president@entsocvic.org.au or any member of council for Zoom meeting details or assistance.

Victorian Entomologist. The news bulletin of the Entomological Society of Victoria since 1971.

The Society welcomes contributions of articles, papers or notes pertaining to any aspect of entomology for publication in this Bulletin. Contributions are not restricted to members but are invited from all who have an interest. Material submitted should be responsible and original. Statements and opinions expressed are the responsibility of the respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the policies of the Society. Contributions may be refereed.

Contributions may be typed on A4 paper or preferably e-mailed to the Hon. editor at editor@entsocvic.org.au.

The deadline for each issue is the third Friday of each odd month. Articles are published, wherever possible, in the order that they are received.

Here is a sample of the December 2018 Vol 48 No. 6


The Society’s newsletter is now available via the website. Click hereto download the latest edition.

What’s New

We have updated the Society’s logo with a dynamic new design fitting modern times, and exploiting the ability to reproduce in colour, choosing an insect that, while not entirely endemic to Victoria, represented a visually spectacular and significant species, made Acripeza reticulata an excellent subject for a new logo.

new_logoThis species is found in pockets, mostly in the high country, worthy of special excursions to the wild, and few would not be breath-taken by its dramatic defence display. Both males and females bear the brightly coloured dorsal tergites (plates), but the fatter proportions of the female abdomen and shorter tegmena (thickened forewing) made it a better choice for our logo. The long antennae curved over the body then visually contain the overall shape.

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