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M.E.S. T-shirts and Sweatshirts

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 2014; 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.
The Constitution and Bylaws pages (links below) are formatted in HTML, but may be downloaded in Microsoft Word from the respective pages if one desires a hard copy.
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.


Plans are coming together now for a number of MES events and collecting trips throughout the coming year. Additional information on the field days, and any new collecting trips or events, will be posted both here and in the newsletter as soon as we know about them!

October 29 - A group of M.E.S. members dropped by to pay a visit to Richard Dearborn at his home in Mt. Vernon (Kennebec County). Dick was the founder of MES and the first president. He received an honorary lifetime membership and special "Chez Dearborn" bee hotel.

Saturday, 19 November, 2016 - Field Event in Lisbon (Androscoggin County).
MES members descended on Jim Nutting's Butterfly and Insect Museum at Maine Art Glass Studio in Lisbon Falls. Jim gave us a tour of the glass work studio, as well as his insect rearing room. Jim also had some live walking sticks and lther live specimens to share with us. (Butterfly rearing season is in the spring, unfortunately.) And we were also impressed by his stunning inventory of tropical butterfly stained glass boxes and shadow boxes.

Saturday, 14 January, 2017 - Winter Workshop on Ants in Augusta (Kennebec County).
Aaron Ellison, Senior Research Fellow in Ecology at the Harvard Forest and lead author of A Field Guide to the Ants of New England, will lead the workshop, which will cover ant ecology, biology and taxonomy. He also will have copies of the field guide available for purchase, and will be available to help identify any ant specimens you may bring with you. The Workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The workshop will take place at the Maine Forest Service Bolton Hill Facility in Augusta off Route 3 (directions below). The workshop is open to people with any level of experience or simply an interest in the natural world.
Please pre-register by January 1st. There is a $20 fee for the workshop; please bring your $20 with you to the workshop so we do not have to reimburse money if the workshop is canceled. There is a limit of 30 people and we usually fill these workshops to capacity, so sign up early. Bring a bag lunch, but coffee and tea will be provided. There are microscopes available but if you can bring one, please do so.
DO CONTACT Charlene Donahue (donahuecp15@gmail.com or by phone at 207-485-0960) to pre-register for the event. If you pre-register and can't attend, please let her know ASAP so anyone on a wait list can be made happy.
Directions: From north or south on Interstate 95: take exit 113 and merge onto Route 3, heading eastwards toward Augusta/Belfast. Cross the Kennebec River and keep going straight on Route 3. At 5.9 miles from the Interstate, you'll go up a hill and turn right at the top (Maine Department of Conservation sign) onto Conservation Drive.
Either 14 Conservation Dr. or 2870 North Belfast Ave., Augusta, might work in your GPS unit; the facility is located at the TOP of the hill.

March 25: Maple syrup day in North Whitefield (Lincoln County) with insect collecting at 460 Mills Road, Whitefield, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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!).
We will also be extracting honey from a hive that did not make it through the winter.
There will be a meeting of the Executive Committee at 9 a.m. to discuss how we are doing on action items from the 2016 MES annual meeting. The meeting is open to all.
Directions: Take Route 17 east out of Augusta. Go 12 miles, turn right onto Route 218 (Mills Road). The house is 0.8 mi. down the road, on your right. It's a cream-colored cape, with a garage with rounded doors.
Contact Charlene Donahue if you're planning to attend, either by calling 485-0960 or via e-mail at (donahuecp15@gmail.com).

May 6: "Insect Day" at Orono Public Library (Penobscot County)
MES will participate for the second year in "Insect Day" at the Orono Library. This will be a collecting, identification and outreach event on the trails behind the Edith Patch house on College Avenue. Coordinator: Kathy Claerr (kclaerr1@comcast.net or by phone at 207-666-3551).

May 20, 2017: M.E.S. Field Day in Falmouth (Cumberland County)
Join us at 10:00 a.m. at the River Point Conservation Area in Falmouth (Cumberland County). The River Point Conservation Area, owned by the Town of Falmouth, is 41 acres located on the Presumpscot River as well as branches of the Piscataqua River. The property consists of wooded areas, fields, and ponds. The site is at 63 Gray Road, Falmouth, Maine, near Exit 53 from I-95, and is adjacent to Hannaford Supermarket in the Falmouth Crossing Shopping Center. Park in the Hannaford parking lot, and cross the wooden bridge to River Point Conservation Area. Please bring a bag lunch and something to drink. Be aware that there are both deer ticks and poison ivy in the area.
Melissa Duron is coordinating this event. Please direct questions to her by e-mail at (melissaduron75@gmail.com) or by phone at 207-409-0940.

June 10: M.E.S. field day in Mayfield Plantation (Somerset County). We'll assemble at 10:00 a.m. in Bingham at Jimmy's Market, on U. S. Route 201 on the south end of town, and caravan from here to the collecting sites. Highland mixed forest, open meadows, and a large wetland will be accessible in Mayfield Plantation. Coordinator: Bob Nelson (BeetleBob2003@gmail.com) or by phone at 207-426-9629.

June 24-25 NOTE date correction!: M.E.S. Moth Night in Camden (Knox County).
Roger Rittmaster has a powerful mercury vapor light and a huge sheet for attracting moths. He also has a two black lights, remnants of his '60s lifestyle. He would like people to come and help identify what is coming to his light. Because darkness won't occur until 8:24 p.m., and moth abundance is greatest after 10:30 p.m., folks are welcome to stay overnight. There's a large finished room above the garage with a carpet and plenty of floor space and lots of room for tents outside. We will have a pancake breakfast the next morning. Roger has a dissecting and compound microscope, in case either of those are needed.
Remember to bring a headlamp or flashlight, camera and/or collecting gear and a jacket. If you are planning to attend let Roger know at either roger.rittmaster@gmail.com or by phone at 207-470-0445. This event is weather-dependent. If it is raining or too windy, we'll need to cancel or postpone it.
Directions: Address - 42 William Glen Drive, Camden, Maine 04843.
A GPS will generally take people through back roads to our house, which is fine. The simplest directions from the south and west is to go to downtown Camden and as you are exiting the downtown area northbound on Route 1, turn left onto Route 52 (Mountain Street). Go 1.7 miles and take a left onto Molyneaux Road. Go 0.4 miles and take a left onto William Glen Drive. Our house is 0.2 miles down on the left with "42" on the mailbox.

July 15: M.E.S. Field Day at Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Milford (Penobscot County).
The Sunkhaze Meadows Unit consists of 11,485 acres, and protects the second-largest peatland in Maine. Sunkhaze Stream bisects this unit and, with its six tributaries, creates a diversity of wetland communities. The bogs and stream wetlands, along with the adjacent upland, provide important habitat for many wildlife species.
If you want to carpool from Augusta, let Pete Darling know and be at the Civic Center Park & Ride lot at 8:00 a.m., and we'll leave no later than 8:05 a.m. To drive yourself, go north on Interstate 95 to Exit 193. Go east on Stillwater Avenue (US Route 2), heading to Milford until it crosses the Penobscot River. Take the second right after crossing the river on to County Road. Drive east on County Road across the railroad tracks, and we'll meet in the parking lot of the school on the left at 10:00 a.m.
Sunkhaze has something for everyone: an assortment of old log landings, forest paths, power lines and Sunkhaze Stream, which bisects the Refuge.
Bring sunscreen, bug spray, lunch, water and your favorite collecting and photography equipment. The closest facilities are back in Milford and Orono, which are about 20 to 40 minutes away depending on how far you venture into the Refuge. So don't wait until the last minute if you need anything.
For further information call or text Peter Darling at 207-899-7173.

July 29th: Insect Photography With A Maine Naturalist, Augusta (Kennebec County), has been RESCHEDULED. See the Annual Meeting notice, below.

August 19th-20th: M.E.S. Field Day in the vicinity of the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument (Penobscot County). This will be a two-day event, and collecting would have to be outside the National Monument. Possible accommodations are: Lunksoos Lodge in T3R7 WELS, Charlene Donahue's camp in T4 R7 WELS, local motels or remote camp sites. Coordinator will be Diane Boretos; details will be posted as soon as possible.

September 12: Bug Maine-ia At the Maine State Museum, Augusta (Kennebec County), from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free Admission All Day for Human and Insect Visitors!
Summer is in full swing and fall is not far away. That means it is time to for the Maine State Museum to gear up for one of our favorite days of the year, Bug Maine-ia, an insect extravaganza: one day out of the year completely reserved for everything insect-related!
Bug Maine-ia is one of the museum's largest annual events of the year. The museum sees over 1,500 people, hundreds of whom are school children, both public and homeschooled, who come with great eagerness to learn about insects. To make sure it will be a great day for all, the museum staff is in full event-planning mode – rushing around creating flyers, e-mailing new potential presenters, and diving deep into all the details that take this event to the next level. September 12, 2017, will be our fifteenth Bug Maine-ia, so it needs to be extra special.
Contributing to the heightened enthusiasm for insects on this day, are the many Maine entomologists who each year fill the museum with fascinating insect displays and hands-on opportunities, allowing the public up-close and personal interaction with the bugs. Certainly, we could not achieve such a successful event without the dedication and enthusiasm of all the entomologists and educators who participate. We extend a big thank-you to all those dedicated presenters who join us year after year. If you have never been, we hope you will take the time to check out this amazing event!
We are always looking for new presenters, so if you or someone you know has a great idea for an insect display or activity or if you would like to come and help out with an existing activity, please contact Joanna Torow at the Museum at 287-6608 or e-mail her at Joanna.torow@maine.gov. We'd love to have you.

September 16: M.E.S. field Day at Mt. Agamenticus (York County)
Pete Darling (petedarlingii@yahoo.com) is coordinating our last field day of the year, in York County. The Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region contains 10,000 acres of land and is one of the largest remaining expanses of undeveloped forests in coastal New England.
The region is known for its abundance of vernal pools, rich biodiversity, and unique trail system and is home to many of Maine's rare plants and animals. State, local and non-profit landowners are working together to protect Mount A's water, wildlife, and land.
More information about this highly unusual and interesting site may be found at their web site: http://www.agamenticus.org/.
Meet at the Kennebunk rest stop on Interstate 95 at 9:15, or for those who don't need assistance, at the top of the Mountain at 10 a.m. There's plenty of parking at the summit of the mountain, near the Learning Center.
Directions to Mount Agamenticus from the north:
Take I-95 south to Wells (exit 19)
Turn left from the exit onto Route 109. Go 1.5 to 2 miles to Route 1.
Turn right (south) onto route 1.
Follow Route 1 into Ogunquit and through "downtown".
At the flashing yellow light hanging over the road, turn right onto Agamenticus Road (this turns into Clay Hill Road).
Continue about 4 miles (crossing over the Maine Turnpike) to the T-intersection at the end.
Turn right onto Mountain Road and follow it for about 1 mile.
There is a gravel parking lot on the right and a paved road leading to the summit of Mount Agamenticus. Green fence posts at the entrance say "Mount A Summit".
If the road turns to gravel, you've gone a hundred meters too far. Turn right and drive up to the summit or park in the gravel lot to hike up.
Trail maps are available at the trailheads and the kiosk located at the summit parking lot.

September 30: Annual Meeting, Clinton (Kennebec County). Bob and Nettie Nelson (BeetleBob2003@gmail.com or 426-9629) invite all M.E.S. members and potential members to their home at Rock Ridge, for the annual M.E.S. business meeting, on Saturday, September 30th. Please do let us know if you're planning to attend to help with our planning! Signs will be posted at the ends of the Clinton off-ramps from I-95 to guide you to the meeting. PLEASE NOTE that one portion of the route is currently under reconstruction and will be loose gravel. However, it's already MUCH smoother and wider than the road was before! Please contact Bob if you need or want directions from another route.
Roger Rittmaster will be offering a short course on insect photography at 10:00 a.m., or people can spread out across the fields and forest for collecting. Lunch will begin around noon, and the business meeting will start at 1:30. Dana Michaud will be in attendance, so this'll also be a good opportunity to renew your membership for 2018.
We'll have oven-roasted chicken and vegan chili available, and invite everyone to bring something else to add to the pot-luck luncheon that precedes the business meeting. We'll also have our second annual drawing for a free bee hotel.
Minutes of the 2016 Meeting were published in the November, 2016, issue of the newsletter, on p. 2-3. Please check these over so that any corrections to those minutes can be made at this year's meeting.
Treasurer's Report
Auditing of the books
Minutes of 2016 annual meeting
Election of MES officers [President, Vice-president, Treasurer, and Two Members-at-large]
Consideration of bylaw change to allow for MES academic affiliates (See the August newsletter for text.)
Follow-up on Action items from 2016
Activities for 2017-18

November 18th: Insect Art Day at Jim Nutting's Maine Art Glass Studio, 51 Main Street, Lisbon Falls (Androscoggin County).
We will be creating a fused glass 3-D ant or bee working with compatible glass. Jim will show students how to layer and assemble these bugs in a 2-D format that will get fired (melted) in a kiln and then bent into 3-D shape after firing and cooling. No experience is required. You will also get to tour the Butterfly and Insect Museum.

The workshop is from 1:00-3:30 p.m. and the cost is $45; if a lot of people sign up then the price will go down. If you like, plan on meeting for lunch at Dr. Mike's Madness Cafe, 21 Main Street, Lisbon Falls, at 11:30 a.m. beforehand.
SIGN UP for the workshop with Charlene Donahue ASAP if you're interested and haven't done so already, so Jim will know how much material to get out. Call Charlene at 207-485-0960 or send an e-mail to donahuecp15@gmail.com.
The fall meeting of the Executive Board will take place following the workshop.

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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!

Further information on all scheduled meetings and trips will be posted as arrangements are made and confirmed!

Charlene Donahue Maine Forest Service
Insect and Disease Laboratory
Location address:
50 Hospital Street
Augusta, Maine
Mailing address:
168 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0168
Contact the President for changes of address, general information, etc.
E-mail address: Charlene.Donahue@maine.gov
Telephone: 207-287-3244
Kathy Claerr 214 Lewis Hill Road Bowdoin, ME 04287 e-mail:
phone: 666-3551
(Mr.) Dana Michaud 3 Halde Street Waterville, ME 04901 phone: 872-7683
Newsletter Editor
and Webmaster
Bob Nelson Dept. of Geology
Colby College
5804 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8858 e-mail:
phone: 426-9629
Member-At-Large of the
Executive Committee
C. Diane Boretos 592 East Sangerville Road Sangerville, ME 04479 e-mail:
phone: 564-2966
Member-At-Large of the
Executive Committee
Edie King 7 Salem Street Waterville, ME 04901 e-mail:
phone: 873-1816

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 Maine Entomological
Society Bylaws
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 guide to identification for citizens (from Maine Dept. of Agriculture) Maine Insect and Disease Fact Sheets Maine Forest Service Insect Collection Home Page
an on-line source for information and identification help for any insects from the U.S. and Canada
Collecting and Preserving Insects and Mites (A 68-page guide from the Systematic Entomology Laboratory, U. S. Dept. of Agriculture.) 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 Odonata of Maine
Mayflies of Maine
(a pdf download)
Stoneflies of Maine Butterflies and Moths of Maine Caterpillars of Eastern Forests (pdf download) Maine Butterfly Survey Web Site
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)
(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 Maine Nature News Friends of Dr. Edith Marion Patch
Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben, Maine Calendar of All Summer Seminars, Workshops and Courses at Eagle Hill Schedule of Entomology Summer Programs 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 Young Entomologists Society 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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