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ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY HOME PAGE!
Up and running since 30 May, 2000


NEW PRINTING!!!
M.E.S. T-shirts and Sweatshirts
ARE AVAILABLE NOW!

PLUS, we now have CHILDREN'S SIZES!!!
(treat yourself or surprise another special entomologist in your life!)

We've reconstructed the original popular design as closely as possible, as shown at the left (click on the image for an enlargement). There are still a few LARGER ADULT shirts (both Tees and sweats) that are cream-colored (comparable to the background color on this web page) and available in L-XL-XXL sizes; a new order has gone in for shirts in a pale gray. Adult SMALL and MEDIUM T-shirts are a pale tan; adult SMALL and MEDIUM SWEATSHIRTS are a very pale gray ("ash"). ALL children's Tees (S-M-L) are pale tan, and all children's sweatshirts are ash gray.
T-shirts are heavyweight 100% cotton; sweatshirts are 80% cotton, 20% polyester. The wings of the bumblebee and dragonfly are also colorless in the new printing - which applies to the S & M adult sizes and all the children's shirts.
Adult T-shirts are $16 each ($22 for XXL), sweatshirts are $22 ($25 for XXL), while children's T-shirts are $15 each, and children's sweatshirts are $20 - if you pick them up. MAILING costs are extra, if you want them mailed to you; see the order form for costs for mailed shirts.
Click here to download an order form for T-shirts and/or membership renewal (pdf format). Shirts are available now!
We ALSO have a very limited number of M. E. S. Baseball Caps, in pale olive green with the M.E.S. logo on the front. Caps are fully adjustable and are $15 each; contact Dana Michaud if you want one!

Click here for an archive of The Maine Entomologist issues from prior years.
[ Currently up: 2007 through 2017; we're working to get older issues on-line as well. ]

The Maine Entomological Society was established by a group of insect and arachnid enthusiasts in 1997, and now has a total membership of approximately 120 individuals and groups. The Maine Entomologist, our quarterly newsletter, usually consists of 6-8 pages of Society news and entomological information. The annual meeting is held each fall, and we usually have a mid-winter workshop. The Society regularly co-sponsors an annual Entomological Bio-Blitz at the Schoodic Education and Research Center at Acadia National Park each summer, in collaboration with the National Park Service. Additional get-togethers and collecting trips are scheduled monthly when possible during the late spring, summer, and early fall. All these are announced in advance both here and in the newsletter.
(Click on any image below for an enlarged version.)

A caterpillar of the Virginia Ctenucha,
Ctenucha virginica.
Charlene Donahue photo

A wasp-mimicking longhorn beetle,
Clytus ruricola.
Larvae feed in rotting hardwoods, particularly maple. (adult length: 10-15 mm)
Charlene Donahue photo
The red-shouldered pine borer,
Stictoleptura canadensis,
is one of our more common colorful longhorn beetles. (length: 12-16 mm)
(Brandon Woo photo)
Click here for the Photo Archive web page.

MES members, young and old,
gather around during a
collecting trip in the
2000 season in coastal Maine.
Photo by Laura Lubelczyk.
(Click on the image for an enlargement!)
Membership in the Maine Entomological Society is open to anyone, whether or not a Maine resident, who has interest in the insects or terrestrial arthropods of Maine. Persons desiring to become members should contact the Treasurer, Mr. Dana Michaud, whose mailing address appears in the table of officers below. [Click here to download an MES application (as a pdf document - Adobe Acrobat Reader may be downloaded, if necessary, through a link below).] Dues are $15 per year, and may be paid up to two years in advance; lifetime membership is available @ $200. Dues entitle members to receive the newsletter and participate in all Society functions. Checks should be made payable to "The Maine Entomological Society" and mailed to the Treasurer. Due to increasing costs of printing and mailing the Newsletters, members in arrears for dues will be dropped from the membership list.
We hope to have links to a whole host of entomological sites coming along, and hope to contribute meaningfully to the knowledge of insects and terrestrial arthropods as well, while having a lot of fun doing it. Meanwhile, we invite anyone and everyone to explore freely, and watch us grow! Our logo, featuring the wasp Dipogon sayi Banks, was designed by Monica Russo, Hymenopterist, artist and author extraordinaire, one of the founding members of the Society.


COMING M. E. S. EVENT and COLLECTING
TRIP SCHEDULE FOR 2020!

Additional information on all events will be posted both here and in the newsletter as soon as details have been worked out.


Saturday, January 25th: Augusta (Kennebec County) - MES Winter Workshop on parasitic wasps by Dr. István Mikó, University of New Hampshire.
Join us for the kickoff of the 2020 entomological season at our annual Winter Workshop, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the new Forest Entomology Lab in the Deering Building, located at 90 Blossom Lane in Augusta. (Click on the map for an enlarged version.)

Dr. István Mikó from the University of New Hampshire will be leading the workshop. István is the collection manager at UNH and has a vast knowledge of the Order Hymenoptera, specializing in Ichneumonid wasps.

Wasps play vital roles in ecosystems and István will cover the ecology and biology of wasps. Plus he will teach you how to use the vast power of the internet to make identifications and provide an opportunity to look at specimens through microscopes. Bring a smartphone, laptop or tablet if possible. If not, there will be plenty of people who do have the technology and you can learn along with them.

Bring specimens to identify, or you can work with material from the Maine State Museum collection.

This workshop is for all levels of expertise. Come if you are new to insect identification and learn the basics, or if you are more advanced, this is a chance to ask an expert your questions and help advance your skills. Plus, you can assist others or collaborate with other MES members. This will also give people exposure to a very diverse group of insects. Bring specimens to identify, or you can work with material provided.

There is a $20 fee to cover expenses, and pre-registration is required by January 17th. Please bring your $20 with you to the workshop, so we do not have to deal with reimbursing money if it cancelled. Please bring a bag lunch; coffee and tea will be provided. There are dissecting microscopes available but if you can bring one, please do so.

Entry will be at the north end of the building on the ground level; park in the area indicated in the Google Earth view of the facility below (when the building was under renovation). Coordinators: Charlene Donahue and Tom Schmeelk, BUT contact Anna Court (annaagnesleecourt@gmail.com) to reserve your space.

DIRECTIONS: From the north: Take Exit 113 from I-95 and follow the signs to Highway 3 East. Cross the Kennebec River, and turn right at the stoplight (onto Route 201, towards "Augusta East Side Business District). At the big rotary, follow the directions to East State Route 17. Be in the right lane as you go up the hill (left lane has to turn left at the top; you'll want to go straight ahead). From the stoplight at the top of the hill, the right turn into the parking areas is just over 1/2 mile.

From the south: Take Exit 109 from I-95 northbound, and follow the signs for State Route 17 East. This will take you down Western Avenue through a busy business district. At the rotary, take the route across the Memorial Bridge. On the far side of the Kennebec, follow the direction to Route 17 East, which will be a hard right turn to take you up the hill. Be in the right lane (the left lane must turn left at the top; you'll want to go straight ahead). From the stoplight at the top of the hill, the right turn into the parking areas is just over 1/2 mile.

Saturday, March 14: Whitefield (Lincoln County) - Maple Syrup and Insect Collecting at Charlene Donahue’s home. Coordinator: Charlene Donahue.

Join us from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 460 Mills Road, Whitefield.

Maple syrup buckets often contain a fascinating assemblage of insects, plus there are insects on tree boles, in the woodpile and tucked in other nooks and crannies this time of year. There is a seep open all winter down near the river and wetlands across the road.
Come visit a backyard sugar operation, enjoy the company and collect a bug or two or maybe more.
Dress for the weather and be sure to wear boots; bring snowshoes if conditions permit, as well as your lunch and drinks. If the sap cooker is running, there are usually people hanging out, and it's a laid-back time (until a batch of syrup is ready to come off!).
DO PLEASE contact Charlene Donahue if you're planning to attend: call 485-0960 or by e-mail at donahuecp15@gmail.com
Directions: Take Route 17 east out of Augusta. Go 12 miles, and then turn right onto Route 218 (Mills Road); Charlene's house is 0.8 mile down the road, on the right. It's a cream-colored cape, with a garage with rounded doors.

Saturday, March 28: - Writing workshop. Coordinator: Kathy Claerr

THURSDAY, April 2: Manchester (Kennebec County) - Workshop on integrated pest management led by Dr. Kathy Murray, Maine Department of Agriculture, at Longfellow's Greenhouses, 81 Puddledock Road in Manchester.

Beneficial insects abound! And its not just about beautiful bees and pollinators. Come learn about some of our lesser-known natural enemies and the important role they play in keeping pests out of our gardens and landscapes. Longfellow’s Greenhouses staff will share their secrets and demonstrate how they use good bugs and Integrated Pest Management to prevent and manage pests.

The workshop will start at noon, with a brown-bag lunch presentation by Dr. Kathy Murray, IPM Entomologist, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (munch and learn format! Bring your own lunch!). Following the presentation, Dave LeBlanc, Longfellow’s Greenhouses grower, will showcase the IPM/biocontrol methods they use to produce their gorgeous, healthy plants.

For more information contact Cathie Murray (cathie.murray@gmail.com) or Kathy Murray (kathy.murray@maine.gov) (yes, there are two of us with nearly identical names!)

Directions: From I-95, take Exit 109 (northbound) or Exit 109B (southbound) to get on U. S. Route 202 westbound. After all the car dealerships, the highway will climb a hill, then drop down the other side. Puddledock Road is the first right turn beyond the first stoplight. (If you get to a second stoplight, you've gone too far.) Longfellow's is about 1/3 mile down this, on the right.

May: Field Day with Kennebec Land Trust. Coordinator: Dana Michaud.

June: Grand Isle (Aroostook County) - St. John River Valley Field Day. Coordinator: Bob Nelson.

July or August: Isles of Shoals (York County) Entomological Bioblitz on Appledore Island. Coordinator: Pete Darling.

August: Bangor (Penobscot County) Field Day at Bangor Land Trust's Walden Parke Preserve. Coordinators: Anna Court with BLT's Grace Bartlett.

Saturday, September 12: China (Kennebec County) - Collecting for Bug Maine-ia at Bill McGrath’s family farm, China. Coordinator: Bill McGrath.

Tuesday, September 15: Augusta (Kennebec County) - Bug Maine-ia at the Maine State Museum. Coordinator: Kathy Claerr.

September 26: Clinton (Kennebec County) - MES Annual Meeting at Bob and Nettie Nelson’s home in Clinton. Collecting from 10 – 12, pot-luck lunch, business meeting. Coordinator: Bob Nelson.

October: open

April 2021: Symposium; Working Title - Bridges: The spectrum of entomologically related interests in Maine and the region. Coordinator: Kathy Claerr.

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The MES can only appeal to a wide variety of members if officers and board members are made aware of your opinions. Please let us know what you think and would like to see us doing!




2020 OFFICERS OF THE MAINE ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY
President
(vacant)
President
Emerita
Charlene Donahue 460 Mills Road Whitefield, ME 04353 e-mail:
donahuecp15@gmail.com
phone:
485-0960
Contact the Past President for identification help with unknowns.
Vice-President
Kathy Claerr 214 Lewis Hill Road Bowdoin, ME 04287 e-mail:
kclaerr1@comcast.net
phone: 666-3551
Treasurer
(Mr.) Dana Michaud 3 Halde Street Waterville, ME 04901 phone: 872-7683
Please notify both the Treasurer and Secretary of changes of address.
Secretary
Anna Court P. O. Box 600 Skowhegan, Maine 04976-0600 e-mail:
annaagnesleecourt@gmail.com
phone:
474-8691
Newsletter Editor
and Webmaster
Bob Nelson 779 Battle Ridge Road Clinton, ME 04927 e-mail:
BeetleBob2003@gmail.com
phone: 426-9629
Member-At-Large of the
Executive Committee
Cathie Murray e-mail:
cathie.murray@gmail.com
Member-At-Large of the
Executive Committee
Kathy Murray P. O. Box 45 Troy, ME 04987-0045 e-mail:
kathy.murray@maine.gov
phone:

Information & Links
Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free, which is needed to read pdf files including the digital M.E.S. newsletters.
M. E. S. Information and Membership Applications
Maine Entomological Society Constitution
(needs to be updated)
Maine Entomological
Society Bylaws

(needs to be updated)
Maine Entomological Society Membership Application (pdf) Maine Entomological Society Membership Application (html)
Educational Sites and Web Sites for Identification of Unknowns
K-12 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Curricula for Teachers (from Maine Dept. of Agriculture) Got Bugs? A general insect guide to identification for citizens
(from Maine Dept. of Agriculture)
Maine Insect and Disease Fact Sheets Got Pests?
A Maine state guide to identifying plant pests
Maine Forest Service Home Page
BugGuide,
an on-line source for information and identification help for any insects from the U.S. and Canada
Collecting and Preserving Insects and Mites
(This downloadable pdf file is a 68-page guide from the Systematic Entomology Laboratory, U. S. Dept. of Agriculture.)
"How to Make an Awesome Insect Collection"
at Purdue University
Maine Forest Service Publications
home page
Web Sites for Information on Specific Groups
Maine Ticks (from the Maine Medical Center Research Institute) Maine Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey Mayflies of Maine
(a pdf download)
Butterflies and Moths of Maine Caterpillars of Eastern Forests (pdf download) Maine Butterfly Survey Web Site
David Reed's Photographic Atlas of Maine Moths
Maine Butterfly Checklist - 2005 [html] Maine Butterfly Checklist - 2005 [in Microsoft Word] Mosquitoes of Maine Table of mosquito species in Maine
Maine Carabid photo pages
Click HERE for a pdf of "Carabids of Maine" by Dearborn et al. (2014)
eButterfly
(an international butterfly site)
Zombee Watch
(a site on parasitized honeybees)
Maine Bumble Bee Atlas Project
The Pieris Project
Investigating the diversity of Cabbage Whites
Insect Home Page at the Tree of Life web site Arachnid Home Page at the Tree of Life web site
Research Resources, Institutes, Publications, etc.
Entomological Bio-Blitzes at Acadia (2003-2015) Friends of Dr. Edith Marion Patch
Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben, Maine Calendar of All Summer Seminars, Workshops and Courses at Eagle Hill
Publications on Insects
[Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station]
Research Guide to Entomology
[Fogler Library, University of Maine]
Forestry Images
[photographs of predominantly forest insects]
Other Entomological Societies
Acadian Entomological Society Entomological Society of Canada Home Page Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes The Coleopterists Society
Vermont Entomological Society American Entomological Society Home Page Other Entomological Societies
(via the Association for Tropical Lepidoptera)



The MES web pages are maintained by R. E. Nelson (BeetleBob2003@gmail.com). Please e-mail any questions,
comments or suggestions you may have, especially if you encounter difficulties.




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