The Society’s Logo is the Green Monday Cicada Cyclochila australasiae drawn by Charles McCubbin (President of the Society 1971 to 1974). This Cicada is a common species throughout the eastern coast of Victoria and its shrill chorus can often be heard during the summer months in the parks and gardens of Melbourne and its suburbs.
History of the Entomological Society of Victoria Inc.
The Society can trace its origins back to the 5th of April 1927 where “The Entomological Club” was formed. The Club commenced with 14 members. In May 1930 it was decided to change the name of the Club to “The Entomologist’s Club of Victoria” and renamed in May 1935 to “The Entomological Society of Victoria”. The Society disbanded in 1942 due to low attendances as a result of members either in Active Service or wartime industrial occupations. The Club reformed in 1961 at the instigation of work by J. C. Le Souëf. The Society’s newsletter “Wings and Stings” was started in 1965. In 1971 the newsletter was renamed the Victorian Entomologist and continues to be produced bi-monthly.
Aims of the Society
The Entomological Society of Victoria Inc.:
- Welcomes professional, amateur and student entomologists as members;
- Produces the Victorian Entomologist, the news bulletin of the Victorian Entomological Society of Victoria Inc.
- Meets at 19:45 on the third Tuesday of every even month (second Tuesday of December) in the ‘Discovery Centre’ at Museum Victoria Carlton Campus (Opposite the Exhibition Buildings), to hear lectures by guest speakers or members;
- Provides opportunities for informal discussions between members with similar interests;
- Presents the ‘Zoo Le Souëf ‘ Memorial Award to recognise substantial contributions to entomology by amateurs in Australia.
- Sponsors Science Talent Quest bursaries from its Junior Encouragement fund;
- Holds excursions and camps to places of entomological interest;
- Maintains the ENTREC (ENTomological RECords) database of distribution records of Victorian insects;
- Responds to issues of a conservation nature raised by members of the Society or other sources.