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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.



ESQ general meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month* at 1pm at the Ecoscience Precinct in Dutton Park, Brisbane (see maps below). There is no need to sign in to the ground floor Seminar Room 1.

There is some street parking available with a two-hour limit and good public transport options. Visitors are welcome.

*except January, February and July

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logoAugust: General meeting

11 August 2020 at 1pm

Our meeting and seminar will be held virtually this month; members will receive a meeting link in the June/July News bulletin and also by email for the meeting held via 'Zoom':

Guest speaker: Dr. Matt Krosch, Research Officer, Quality Management Section, Forensic Services Group, Queensland Police Service will present:

Bugs and bodies, in the tropics and from the air:
forensic entomological research at the Queensland Police Service

Popular crime TV shows, podcasts and books have over recent years given the public great exposure to the importance of entomological evidence to medicolegal investigations. Such evidence can inform investigations across a multitude of criminal and civil scenarios and at various stages of an investigation. In a criminal context, entomological data are most often used to estimate post-mortem interval in homicide cases but can also provide evidence for movement of individuals or remains, contraband trafficking, and assist searching for remains, among much more. Within the Queensland Police Service (QPS), the Forensic Services Group (FSG) is responsible for the collection and interpretation of forensic evidence. This presentation will cover some recent entomology-related research conducted by FSG officers and give ESQ members some insight into the varied contribution of entomology to the QPS and its functions.

All welcome to join us virtually!

BugCatch :

“Bug-Catch” is a program of collecting trips run by the Entomological Society of Queensland. The object of the trips is to utilise the specialist insect collecting and identification skills of Society members to assist in compiling lists of invertebrates for protected areas (National Parks, Forest Reserves, State Forests, etc), in addition to sharing knowledge with other members. Members are asked to supply lists of species collected, for use in faunal databases.

Past Bug-Catches have been held at Bribie Island National Park, Koala Bushlands Burbank, Beerwah State Forest, Franke Scrub, D'Aguilar National Park, Stockyard Creek, Springbrook/Ankida Nature Reserve, and most recently the QTFN Aroona Homestead.

Planning is underway for BugCatch at Yetman, NSW, and the QTFN Aroona property later in 2020. Watch this space for updates!

Past Bug-Catches:

Aroona BugCatch March 2019: The Queensland Trust for Nature Aroona property lies to the west of Ipswich in the Little Liverpool Range.

Springbrook BugCatch: November 2016: Springbrook Plateau. Springbrook is a high wet tableland lying between Lamington and the Gold Coast and is about 90 minutes drive from Brisbane on good roads. We were guests of the Australian Rainforest Conservation Society at their Ankida property which has several hundred hectares of rainforest with running creeks and waterfalls.

Stockyard Creek BugCatch January 2016 Report...

During the Stockyard Creek BugCatch weekend, Geoff Monteith and Kathy Ebert ran a workshop for ESQ members and local landholders on how to survey dung beetles. Landowners and some ESQ members trapped dung beetles in the district and all catches were later combined and sorted in Brisbane. These BugCatch results, when combined with the rest of the survey, resulted in almost 4000 specimens of 35 different species from 60 different sample sites. All species were photographed and the data were used to plot detailed distribution maps for each species. The overall report gives valuable feedback to the local landowners on the diversity on their properties, as well as giving them the opportunity to see the benefits of participating in a collaborative scientific survey exercise. The results of the survey are available at the following link:

A survey of the dung beetles from the Upper Lockyer Valley (70MB)

Crohamhurst BugCatch November 2015 Report....

Mt Glorious BugCatch September 2014 Report...

Mt Mee BugCatch March 2014 Report...

Franke Scrub BugCatch October 2013 Report...

Other external events and conferences

19-24 July 2020
Helsinki, Finland