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.

Upcoming Talk

Barcodes, images and data – opportunities to expand our knowledge of Australia’s insects

16th February 2021

Donald Hoburn is a highly experienced naturalist with particular interest in moths, especially Pterophoridae and Alucitidae. Donald is the Executive Secretary at International Barcode of Life Consortium and International Engagement Officer at Species 2000. This February, Donald will share with us his experience building the DNA barcode reference library for Australian species and the ways that can be used to accelerate taxonomy and monitoring activities, and Donald will also describe automated insect light trapping. To attend this talk, please contact us for a zoom meeting link.

Australian Insect Conservation – Two Stories

Upcoming talk, 20th October.
Mackenzie Kwak and Eddie Tsyrlin will bring us two tales of threatened Australian insects.

Mackenzie is a parasitologist from the Department of Biological Science, National University of Singapore, and is enthusiastically passionate about invertebrate conservation. His talk, Of lice and men: anthropogenic decline of Australia’s parasitic insects, will dive into the world of Australia’s intriguing native parasites, and the threats they are facing.

Eddie Tsyrlin is an aquatic ecologist with extensive experience in freshwater monitoring and invertebrate taxonomy. In his talk, Eddie will present the story of The critically endangered wingless stonefly at Mt Donna Buang, which at serious risk of extinction, highlights the need for habitat protection and management action to protect our unique Australian species.

The videoconference meeting will be open from 7:30 pm for a 7:45 pm start.
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


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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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