A sawfly, Rhogogaster sp., possibly R. viridis. (Photographed in Pembroke by Fred Gralenski)

A female green-striped grasshopper, Chortophaga viridifasciata, ovipositing. (Photographed in Old Orchard Beach
by Brandon Woo.)

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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; work is underway to enable digital membership via our Facebook page. 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.


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 FOR NATURALISTS IS POSTPONED. Due to the corona virus emergency, the workshop is postponed to an undetermined date. After the emergency subsides, we will select another date, and publish the information on the MES website and in e-mail notices. We regret the postponement, but believe maintaining social distance is in the best interest of MES members and friends.

THURSDAY, April 2: Manchester (Kennebec County) - Workshop on integrated pest management HAS BEEN POSTPONED due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. We'll post new information as soon as things have settled down and a new date has been selected and arrangements made.

30 May: The planned M.E.S. Field Day at the new Surry Hill Community Forest of the Kennebec Land Trust, atop Surry Hill in Fayette (Kennebec County) has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, members are invited to explore on their own some time during the month. The Conservation Area covers some 331 acres (over 1/2 square mile), so maintaining proper social spacing should be possible. Driving directions can be found on the KLT land trust site.

12-13-14 June: The Field Day in Grand Isle (Aroostook County) - at Skylandia Farm in Grand Isle, SE of Madawaska on the New Brunswick border was cancelled. It is looking like we may have to re-schedule this trip for the 2021 field season.

11 July: Field Day at Isles of Shoals (York County) on Appledore Island has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

1 August: Bangor (Penobscot County) Field Day at Bangor's Walden-Parke Preserve is going forward as planned; participants will be expected to follow current COVID-19 state guidelines for safety.

On Saturday, August 1st, join us at the Walden-Parke Preserve for a field day. We will meet at 10 a.m. at the reserve kiosk at the end of Tamarack Trail. Directions are below.

This 410-acre reserve located on the north side of Bangor is ecologically diverse. It includes conifer and hardwood forests in both early succession and mature phases, beaver wetlands, and wildflower meadows. There are extensive marked trails on the reserve, but no facilities such as forest toilets.

Participants should bring collecting equipment as well as boots for walking in the marshes, sunscreen, and nets or spray for the sometimes troublesome mosquitoes. There are ticks in the area as well. Participants should also bring lunch. There are no restaurants in the area.

Directions: To get there, take the Broadway exit on I-95. If coming from the south, turn left and go towards Bangor. At the first light, turn left onto Stillwater Road. Turn left at the next light onto Essex Street; travel 4 miles north on Essex. After passing Church Road on the left, turn right onto Walden Parke Way. There is a green and white Bangor Land Trust sign at that intersection. There is also an entrance sign that says Edgewood Subdivision. Follow Walden Parke Way until you get to Tamarack Trail and turn right. At the end of Tamarack Trail is a parking circle and the Walden-Parke Reserve Kiosk. Park in the circle and meet at the kiosk.

For more information or to say you will attend, email Anna Lee Court at annaagnesleecourt@gmail.com. Please let her know if you plan to come.

Saturday, September 12: Augusta (Kennebec County) - Collecting at VILES ARBORETUM, Augusta . This is a NEW LOCATION and returns us to the birthplace of the M.E.S.! Contact Dana Michaud (872-7683) to let him know whether you're planning to join us. We'll gather at 10:00 a.m.; Viles Arboretum is 0.7 mile south of State Route 17 (Eastern Avenue) on Hospital Street (State Route 9), across the road from the Riverview Psychiatric Center and state office complex. Bring lunch, water, collecting gear, and a mask.

Tuesday, September 15: Augusta (Kennebec County) - Bug Maine-ia at the Maine State Museum has been cancelled.

Saturday, September 26: Clinton (Kennebec County) - MES Annual Meeting at Bob and Nettie Nelson’s home in Clinton. WILL GO ON AS SCHEDULED. A hybrid meeting, to include remote access via Zoom for those who can't attend in person, will also be set up. In-person plans include collecting from 10 – 11:30, followed by lunch from 11:30-12:30. NOTE THAT LUNCH IS BYO THIS YEAR for everything, to minimize potential for any COVID-spreading. Bring your lunch, any required utensils, and drinks. Lunch will be followed by a talk by Maine Author and M.E.S. member Dana Wilde on Maine spiders from 12:30-1:30, and the business meeting @ 1:30. Coordinator: Bob Nelson (BeetleBob2003@gmail.com).

There will be signs posted at the ends of both offramps at the Clinton exit (#138) from I-95 to guide you in the right direction. At the top of the hill, you'll turn right and follow the road to the end, then turn right again. Signs will also be posted at each turn. PLEASE do let me know if you're planning to attend, so we can plan accordingly! Thanks!

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!

(Effective with the 2020 Annual Meeting, all officers' terms will begin at the end of the annual meeting.)
Hillary Morin Peterson, Ph.D. e-mail:
phone: (207) 841-0581
Mike Parisio Pittston, ME 04345 e-mail:
phone: (207) 592-2562
(Mr.) Dana Michaud 3 Halde Street Waterville, ME 04901 e-mail:
phone: (207) 872-7683
Please notify both the Treasurer and Secretary of changes of address.
Anna Court P. O. Box 600 Skowhegan, ME 04976-0600 e-mail:
phone: (207) 474-8691
Newsletter Editor
and Webmaster (pro-tem)
Bob Nelson 779 Battle Ridge Road Clinton, ME 04927 e-mail:
phone: (207) 426-9629
Member-At-Large of the
Executive Committee
Cathie Murray e-mail:
Member-At-Large of the
Executive Committee
Kathy Murray P. O. Box 45 Troy, ME 04987-0045 e-mail:

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
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 Maine Bumble Bee Atlas 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)
(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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