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The Society's emblem, chosen in 1973, on the 50th anniversary of the Society, is the King Stag Beetle, Phalacrognathus muelleri (Macleay), Family Lucanidae (Coleoptera). Its magnificent purple and green colouration makes it one of the most attractive beetle species in Australia. It is restricted to the rainforests of northern Queensland.

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The Entomological Society of Queensland, since its inception in 1923, has promoted the development of pure and applied entomological research in Australia, particularly in Queensland. The Society promotes interaction and communication among entomologists through regular meetings with guest seminar speakers, a monthly News Bulletin, annual collecting trips and the publication of a quarterly journal, The Australian Entomologist. Membership in the Society is open to anyone interested in Entomology.

AN UPDATE ON MEETINGS...

Meetings are normally held every second Tuesday of the month at the Ecosciences Precinct in Dutton Park, Brisbane. In the past, our guest speakers have presented on a variety of topics including hover fly systematics, hive beetle control, history of museum collections, plant volatiles and parasitoid interactions, honeybee navigation and robotics, insect evolutionary genomics, butterflies of Africa, eucalyptus borers and mosquito control.

However, it is with great regret that we are cancelling our 14th of April General Meeting.
 
Council has met (via email) to discuss and agree on this course of action which, quite frankly, is largely out of our control. It goes without saying that this is inevitably due to the developing COVID-19 pandemic and it's widespread impact on many aspects of our lives, including our ability to gather together for General Meetings.
 
Our scheduled speaker, Dr. Geoff Monteith, will still prepare an article for the ESQ News Bulletin, so you will not entirely miss out on his planned presentation on "Cooloola monsters: 40 years of discoveries of these iconic Queensland insects."
 
Given the uncertainty of the coming months, the ESQ Council is investigating alternative means of delivering General Meetings. This may, for example, include digital content to be produced and made available in the event we are unable to gather together in the foreseeable future (which is becoming increasingly likely). We have not done this before, but if it works it may be an exciting new technology we can use to expand the Society's reach to Members far and wide. This is a time to look for silver linings.
 
Your Council is also investigating mechanisms to hold Council Meetings in the digital realm – also something we've not done before, but which we will endeavour to do to keep the wheels of the Society turning.
 
These are indeed uncertain times; rest assured we are doing our best to maintain as many activities as much as possible over the coming months; even if it does mean changing the way we do things.
 
In the meantime, please all look after yourselves and each other.
 
With best regards,
 
Dr. Mark Schutze
ESQ President

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Australian Lepidoptera Research Endowment (ALRE) are inviting applications for Grants of up to $4500 for the financial year July 2020 to 2021. Applications due by 1 April 2020. For more information...

Beetles of Brisbane now available! Beetles of Brisbane is a newly beetle brochurepublished photo-guide to the city's common species.The 16-panel glossy brochure includes around 100 beetle images and covers 29 families. Beetles of Brisbane serves as a handy reference for anyone interested in trying to zero in on the family or even the species of beetle they have found or photographed. It includes an introduction to the Coleoptera, brief family descriptions (including tarsal formulae and estimated species number Australia wide) as well as the individual images with species name, length and some additional points of interest. Its production was supported in part by the 2019 ESQ Small Grant to Colleen Foelz (edenINK editing). The brochure is currently available for purchase at $8 (plus postage) Order form.

Reminder! Membership renewals for 2020 are due January 1st. Renewal forms are available here. (Or quick links on the bottom of the page). Please let the secretary know if you have recently changed your postal or email contact details.

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