Up and running since 30 May, 2000

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!

Saturday, 6 January: Pinning, Labeling and Sorting Workshop - Maine Forest Service Lab, Augusta (Kennebec County), at 50 Hospital Street, Augusta (1 mile south of Cony Circle, immediately south of the State Police Headquarters building, overlooking the Kennebec River. From 9:00 a.m. - ??
Interested in learning to pin or point insects or practice? Interested in helping with some maintenance on the Maine Forest Service collection? No experience needed, just patience, attention to detail and a steady hand.
Besides pinning we need to move and label some specimens in the collection.
Bring a lunch and drink.
RSVP to Charlene Donahue - via e-mail at donahuecp15@gmail.com or phone at (207) 485-0960, particularly if you would like to participate and haven't yet let her know.
Directions: Take Exit 113 from I-95 and head east towards Belfast. Cross the Kennebec River and turn right (south) on Route 201. Continue south to Cony Circle; go about 2/3 of the way around this and then up the hill, following signs for East State Route 17 to Randolph and Rockland. Be in the right-hand lane as you go up this hill. At the top of the hill, the left lane MUST turn left onto Route 17. Go straight ahead on Route 9. The MFS lab is 0.2 miles ahead, on your right; it's a pale frosted mint green building.

Saturday, January 27th: Winter Workshop - mosquitos and blackflies, Augusta (Kennebec County).
The MES Winter Workshop will be on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Maine Forest Service Southern Regional Headquarters off Route 3 in Augusta.
Presenting on mosquitoes (Culicidae) will be Dr. Allison Gardner, University of Maine professor, and Chuck Lubelczyk, biologist with the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. These two have extensive knowledge of mosquitoes. Chuck has studied them for years in Maine. Allison is new to Maine and brings expertise on vector-borne diseases. University of Maine graduate student Chase Gagne has a passion for non-biting midges (Chironomidae) and will be familiarizing us with with this group of aquatic insects that may look like mosquitoes but are very different.
As in past workshops there will information on biology, life history and taxonomy as well as the connection between mosquitoes and disease - a lot to pack into one day!
Please pre-register by January 12th. 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 35 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 (via e-mail at 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.

Monday, February 26th: RETIREMENT CELEBRATION for Charlene Donahue at Maine Forest Service Lab, Augusta (Kennebec County), at 50 Hospital Street, Augusta (0.2 mile south of Cony Circle). From 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Directions: Take Exit 113 from I-95 and head east towards Belfast. Cross the Kennebec River and turn right (south) on Route 201. Continue south to Cony Circle; go about 2/3 of the way around this and then up the hill, following signs for East State Route 17 to Randolph and Rockland. Be in the right-hand lane as you go up this hill. At the top of the hill, the left lane MUST turn left onto Route 17. Go straight ahead on Route 9. The MFS lab is 0.2 miles ahead, on your right; it's a pale frosted mint green building.
For information, contact Patti Roberts (patti.roberts@maine.gov or by phone at 207-287-2431).

March 24: Field Day: Whitefield (Lincoln County).
Join us from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at 460 Mills Road, Whitefield (in Lincoln County). Visit a backyard sugar operation, enjoy the company and collect a bug or two or maybe more.
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.
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!).
There will be a meeting of the Executive Committee at 9:00 a.m. to discuss how we are doing on action items from the 2017 MES annual meeting; this meeting is open to all.
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.

Street view of Charlene's driveway and garage, with Melyra, the wonder dog.

April ?: Service Day in Orono (Penobscot County). Joint gathering with MESO (Maine Entomology Student Organization at UMO) on Biodiversity Collection (sorting, identification, pinning). Coordinator: Charlene Donahue.

May 6: "Insect Day" at the Orono Public Library (Penobscot County). For the third straight year, MES will participate in "Insect Day" at the Orono Library. This will include a collecting and identification event on the trails behind the Edith Patch house on College Avenue. Coordinator: Kathy Claerr; Anne Mallett and Anna Court will also be resource people.

May 12: Field Day at Sunkhaze Meadows N.W.R., Benton (Kennebec County).
Last year, we had a field day in the main Milford portion of the Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, which encloses the second-largest peatland in Maine. Many people are unaware that there is a smaller, 334-acre more grassy parcel that is part of the same refuge, and which is situated in Benton. This former dairy farm consist mostly of open grasslands, with several small ponds, including one beaver pond. The fauna will likely be totally different from what is to be found in the Milford grounds.
More information will be posted as the summer approaches. Coordinator for this will be Bob Nelson.

June ?: Field Day at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Baring and Edwards (Washington County). Coordinator: Fred Gralenski. More information will be posted as summer approaches.

July 7 or 14: Weekend field event in T4R7 WELS (Penobscot County) at Charlene's camp. Collecting will be in the vicinity of Maine Woods and Waters National Monument. Coordinator: Charlene Donahue.

Saturday, August 4, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Insects: their identification, tracks and signs.
Charley Eiseman, lead author of Tracks & Sign of Insects, is a freelance naturalist based in Western Massachusetts, and has done natural resource inventories throughout New England for the past 20 years. The previous week he will be teaching a course on this topic at Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben, Maine, and has enthusiastically agreed to lead this walk on his way home.
Meet at the Long Cove Headwaters Preserve in Searsport. From Route 1 in Searsport, take Mt. Ephraim Road west for 2.6 miles and turn right onto Savery Road. Go 0.6 miles to the preserve parking lot on the right.

August 25: Field Day at Kathy Claerr's property, Bowdoin (Sagadahoc County). Coordinator: Kathy Claerr.

September 8: Field Day in the Rangeley/Saddleback Mountain area (Franklin County). Coordinator: Dana Michaud.

September 12: Bug Maine-ia at the Maine State Museum, Augusta. For a cute and musical preview of the 2017 event, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmywIptAz9c. Coordinator: Joanna Turow.

October 6: MES Annual Meeting at Bob & Nettie Nelson's home in Clinton (NE Kennebec County). Coordinator: Bob Nelson.

November: Maine Bumble Bee Atlas speaker. Exact date, time and place to be determined.

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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 460 Mills Road Whitefield, ME 04353 e-mail:
Contact the President for changes of address, general information, etc.
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 779 Battle Ridge Road Clinton, ME 04927 e-mail:
phone: 426-9629
Member-At-Large of the
Executive Committee
Anna Court P. O. Box 600 Skowhegan, ME 04976 e-mail:
phone: 474-8691
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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