By Chris Buddle, Editor-in-Chief, The Canadian Entomologist
As Editor-in-Chief for The Canadian Entomologist, I have the privilege of knowing what papers will be appearing in our journal in the future… in this post, without saying too much, I wanted to give you a ‘sneak peek’ of what to expect in the future.
First up, ground beetles (Carabidae) in eastern Canada: Chris Cutler and colleagues studied the communities of ground beetles associated with wild blueberry fields in the land of the Bluenose (Nova Scotia). They collected over 50 species in their study fields, and a high proportion of these species were not native (this is a pretty common trend with ground beetles in agroecosystms). They also considered whether ground beetle communities differed between the interior and edges of their study fields – another important consideration in these systems. In the discussion of their paper, the authors place their work in the context of conservation biological control. It is a fascinating and important paper, and I know you will enjoy it when it appears on-line and in print.
In our Systematics and Morphology Division, you will soon see a paper by Art Borkent on biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in cretaceous amber. In this paper, he describes two new species (and provides a key to the genus) based on specimens from many amber specimens. These lovely flies are diverse and abundance in Amber, and in this case, Art Borkent looks into amber from southern Alberta. This paper includes some lovely images and drawings, and you will be delighted when it appears in the journal.
Because I am quite fond of spiders, I am delighted to report that we will have a paper appearing about the dispersal behaviour of young Dolomedes triton (the ‘fishing’ spider), written by Carol Frost, Alice Graham, and John Spence. The authors used a sophisticated laboratory set-up to understand the dispersal of this ubiquitous species, and tested what sort of cues could relate to the spider’s dispersal propensity. It’s a very nice study, and one that will be of interest to the broader arachnological (and entomological) community.
Katherine Bleiker and colleagues at the Canadian Forest Service in Victoria BC will have a paper appearing in TCE about the mountain pine beetle -this destructive species is well known to the entomological community in Canada. In this study, the authors investigated pre-emergence behaviours among females and completed this work completed this work in northern Alberta. This area is in the ‘newly established’ habitat for the species, so it is important to fully understand the species and its behaviours at these locations. This will be an exciting paper for researchers working on the mountain pine beetle, and we are delighted that it will appear in our journal.
Finally, I am pleased to report that one of our very own Subject Editors (Gilles Boiteau) will have a paper coming out in TCE on the Colorado potato beetle and its movement. Gilles and co-author Pamela MacKinley using plant models to test how plant architecture affected the beetle’s movement patterns. This is an important question given that management of this species in eastern Canada is a key priority, and a full and comprehensive examination of its movement behaviours provides important insights for researchers.