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Winter 2019 Meeting Feb. 2!

Winter 2019 Meeting Feb. 2!

The New England Entomological Society’s winter 2019 meeting is right around the corner!

Lilioceris lilii – red lily leaf beetle – Chrysomelidae

Join us, on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Westborough Public Library, located at 55 West Main St., Westborough, MA 01581.

Meeting itinerary:

  • 10am-11am: Officer’s Meeting (anyone is welcome)
  • 11am-12pm: General Meeting
  • 12pm: Announcements (feel free to announce any entomologically-themed meetings, bioblitzes, etc.)
  • 12:30pm-1:15pm: Lunch (bring your own – but we will also provide hearty snacks!)
  • 1:15pm-2:30pm: “Developing a Long-term Biological Control Program for Lily Leaf Beetle: From New England to Canada to Florida” a presentation by Lisa Tewskbury, University of Rhode Island
  • 2:30pm-3pm: Demo of, an online guide to Sphingid moths of the USA

Please RSVP here. We look forward to seeing you all at the meeting!

Mark Your Calendars: Fall Meeting!

Mark Your Calendars: Fall Meeting!

It’s fall, and for those of us who love insects and other arthropods, that means sallow moths and plume moths, migrating monarchs, annoying non-native stink bugs and lady beetles migrating indoors, Arachtober, and the end of the growing season. But it also means it’s almost time for the NEES fall meeting! This year the meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 18th 10am-3pm, at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St, Athol, MA. We have a pretty amazing agenda planned, featuring a morning of presentations, followed by a lunchtime general meeting (with DOOR PRIZES! :-)) and then an afternoon id session. There is no charge to attend the meeting, but why not take the opportunity to become a member while you’re hanging out?

Meeting agenda:

  • 10am: Welcome from NEES President Teá Kesting-Handly
  • 10:15am: A presentation from Sam Jaffe of The Caterpillar Lab, “The Secret Lives of Caterpillars”
  • 11:15-11:30am: A quick break
  • 11:30am: A presentation from naturalist and author Charley Eiseman, “Life in a Leaf: The Wonderful World of Leafminers”
  • 12:30pm: General meeting and lunch (bring your own, or chip in for pizza)
  • 1:45-3:15pm: ID session (bring your too-challenging-to-id-yourself photos on your laptop/phone/flash drive!)

Charley will have copies of his book “Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates” available for sale (and signing), and Sam will be bringing some of his cool Caterpillar Lab stuff to sell.

We hope you’re as excited about this meeting as we are! Please let us know you’re coming by filling out this quick Google Form.

Spring Meeting of the New England Entomological Society

Spring Meeting of the New England Entomological Society

Eumorpha pandorus, photo by Teá Kesting-Handly
Eumorpha pandorus, photo by Teá Kesting-Handly

The New England Entomological Society will be holding its annual spring meeting this March 11, from 10am to 1pm at the Greater Worcester Land Trust offices in Worcester, MA. From 12-1 we will have a special presentation “Sphingidae of Massachusetts” by NEES president Teá Kesting-Handly. Learn about this unique group of moths from a local perspective, from a Massachusetts researcher who has been studying Sphinx moths from across the country. Teá’s presentation will cover the taxonomy and ecology of sphinx moths, highlighting their characteristics and behaviors. She will also explain how to id Sphingids to species and provide tips on how you can track down these amazing moths (and their caterpillars) in the wild.

Know anyone else who might be interested in attending? Feel free to share this blog post in newsletters or on social media. Both the entomological society meeting and the presentation are open to the public! You can also download our NEES Spring 2017 Meeting Flyer – if you’re a biology student or work with folks who might have an interest in joining us, we would be grateful if you would print it out and post it.

If you have any questions, or need more information, please contact NEES at