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CJAI #20 – Dufourea (Apoidea: Halictidae) of Canada

CJAI #20 – Dufourea (Apoidea: Halictidae) of Canada

By Sheila Dumesh, entomology research assistant at York University. ——————————– My interest in bees was ignited in 2007, when I took a biodiversity course in my last year as an undergraduate student at York University in Toronto.  The course instructor was the well-known melittologist, Laurence Packer, and, although I had not met him before, I […]

Physiology Fridays: From boozy breath to colony control: ethyl oleate production in honeybees

Honeybee colonies are famous for their orderly divisions of labour.  As worker bees grow up, they transition from housekeepers (cleaning the colony) to nurse bees (feeding young bees), to finally switching to foragers who go out and collect nectar and pollen for the rest of the colony.   To maintain a healthy colony, bees need to […]

CJAI #19 – Cluster flies of North America

CJAI #19 – Cluster flies of North America

By Adam Jewiss-Gaines,  a research assistant at Brock University. ——————— When people ask me what the heck a calliphorid is (often after I have mentioned the family name and am being gawked at as if I’m crazy), I usually remark “You know those shiny flies you often see flying around in the spring and summer?”  […]

ESC Caption Contest – Cycle 1, Photo 2

ESC Caption Contest – Cycle 1, Photo 2

We had a great response to last week’s photo, so thank you to everyone who played along. We’ve got an all new photo for you to caption today, but first we need you to vote for your favourite Photo 1 caption. We’ll post the results and award some points next week. Now, onto this week’s […]

3rd Annual ESO BugEye Photo Contest

Got a great insect photo? Submit it to the 3rd Annual BugEye Photo Contest presented by the Entomological Society of Ontario! Prizes for: – Best photo (open category): $50 – Best photo by an Ontario resident: $50 – Best photo of an Ontario insect: $50 – Best photo by a kid under 13: $50 Open […]

Dear Buggy: Where Do Research Ideas Come From?

Dear Buggy is the the alter-ego of Dr. Chris MacQuarrie, a research entomologist with the Canadian Forest Service. You can ask Buggy questions of your own on Twitter @CMacQuar. —————————- Hello! Dear Buggy has lept out of the pages of the ESC Bulletin and landed in the new and exciting wilderness of the ESC blog. […]

Respect your specimens

Respect your specimens

By Crystal Ernst, PhD Candidate (McGill University) Since I finally submitted my manuscript to a journal (YAY!), I’ve been tying up the little loose ends remaining at the end of the project. You know: organizing the useful data and image files, tossing the files marked “MESSING_AROUND_WITH_DATA_v.29), tidying up my R code, and, perhaps most importantly, […]