25 comments on “An Insect for Canada

  1. As a Canadian wannabe, I suggest Simulium canadense, the Canadian black fly. Because what’s not Canadian, if not huge clouds of exsanguinating black flies?

  2. This is a great idea! I’ll mull over some ideas before posting again…

  3. […] An Insect for Canada – ESC Blog Posted by Morgan Jackson at 12:39 pm Tagged with: ESC, ESC Blog, Politics […]

  4. For some reason I think the ideal insect would be one of the fancier Symphytans, maybe one of the Diprionids with branched antennae?
    After all, it conforms to the lumberjack stereotypy, is related to some Canadian research traditions and looks freakin’ awesome.

  5. Maybe the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail?

  6. I think it should be a insect specific to maple trees would be neat. Would fit in well with another of our national symbols. Rosy maple moths are easily recognized by many people in parks, and their own backyards. Maple callus borers are also pretty incredible, and such a delightful insect to draw.

  7. These are great ideas! Of course, you don’t have to try very hard to come up with a better representative insect than most of the American states have: http://www.briancutting.com/2012/07/happy-insectdependence-day.html

  8. How about one of the spectacular moths that feed on Sugar Maple like Dryocampa rubicunda?

  9. Surely it has to be dragonfly that eats the most mosquitoes. A northerner’s best friend.

  10. I immediately thought it has to be the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail when I read this post, and I’m delighted to see that Emily has beat me to it. So I’ll just enthusiastically second the motion.

  11. […] ESC Blog is asking Canadians for ideas for a National insect. Most go for the big shiny bugs like […]

  12. UNLIKE our maple icon which is NOT represented in all Provinces, I suggest a critter that is found all across Canada – the variable Darner, Aeshna interrupta. It’s big enough, bold enough and beautiful enough to be appreciated by all peoplem but not as cliche as say a butterfly or a lady beetle. Thoise bugs get enough PR! . And it eats those other pesky Canadian bugs we all know too well.

  13. Over at AB Bugs and Altaleps the suggestions for a Canadian National Insect seem to be divided between the masochists like Adrian who promote blackflies or mosquitoes and the progressives like Laura and Nora who promote the Darner. I appear to be the only cynic and Felix the only opposite of whatever a cynic is.

    Re the (definitely) moth on the ESAB logo, Greg Pohl thinks: “logo is intended to repr. the cutworm moth spp that first brought Strickland to the west- it was outbreaking in the 1920s. the pale western cutworm if memory serves, but check Regert’s book”

    Anyone have Regert’s book?

  14. I just checked Riegert’s book (From Aresenic to DDT). There is no mention of the ESA, but I can confirm that Strick was brought out to work on pale western cutworm.

  15. A quick look through Riegert’s Aresenic to DDt seems to confirm Greg’s guess. Strick was brought out to AB to work on pale Western cutworm.

  16. A species of dragonfly would be an excellent choice. In addition to their inclusion in many Asian mythologies, they were symbolic to most North American tribes, variously representing such things as transformation or carriers of messages from the dead. They are also a link between water (clean) and air and can represent change. Having an easily recognizable species of insect that occurs across Canada would appeal to the public.

  17. Thanks for the awesome suggestions so far everyone! It’s great to see so much enthusiasm for finding Canada an official insect. Since ideas and votes are coming in on a regular basis, we’ll wait a couple of weeks, compile some of the most suggested species and see if we can present them to the ESC Governing Board to make this an official search!

    Be sure to stay tuned to ESC Blog as this initiative develops, because I’m sure we’ll need all of your help down the road.

  18. How about the May fly. Doesn’t bite and is representative of our springtime season

  19. The Monarch would be a good suggestion. It has been seen in 9 Canadian provinces this year so far (awaiting British Columbia sightings). The new 3D IMAX documentary about Dr. Fred and Mrs. Norah Urquhart (and monarch migration and biology) entitled “Flight of the Butterflies” to be released in October.

  20. […] was plenty of talk about national insects this week. I brought up Canada’s distinct lack of a national insect over at ESC Blog, while Brian Cutting noted how lame many of the state insects are in the US. Meanwhile, across the […]

  21. I vote for the carpenter ant. Any one of the larger northern species.

  22. […] It’s a holiday today in Quebec – St. Jean Baptiste day – lots of fireworks and celebrations this past weekend! Did you know Quebec has a Provincial insect? By public vote… here’s the winner!  It’s time for the rest of Canada to get with the program. […]

  23. […] selected as the provincial insect, which was later ratified by the National Assembly of Quebec. An Insect for Canada | ESC-SEC Blog So far, it's the one and only province in Canada that has a provincial insect, hmmm. I wish others […]

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