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?
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!)
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.