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The Entomological Society of Canada (ESC) has adopted the common name of ‘spongy moth’ for Lymantria dispar. This decision was made following an application to the common names committee of the ESC to adopt spongy moth as the new English common name of this insect. This application was reviewed by the committee in January and a decision rendered late last month in favour of adopting the name.

Lymantria dispar female with spongy egg mass. Photo: S. McCann

Lymantria dispar was previously known as ‘gypsy moth’ (and more recently in media reports as ‘LDD moth’). The previous common name was removed from the ESC’s list of accepted common names in July of 2021 for its use of a derogatory slur for the Romani people.

The new common name was selected to acknowledge the conspicuous, spongy egg masses that the insect produces. These egg masses are present 10 months of the year and are the primary way in which the insect is spread to new locations. The adoption of spongy moth also aligns the English common name of L. dispar with the French common name ‘Spongieuse”.

Spongy moth is an occasional pest in parts of Eastern Canada and is frequently introduced to other parts the country, in particular when it is transported on goods or vehicles moving from eastern to western Canada. Last year in Ontario the insect defoliated almost 1.8 million hectares of forest.

This notice of this decision follows the announcement today that the Entomological Society of America (ESA) will adopt spongy moth as the new common name for L. dispar. The name was selected by a working group of 50 scientists and professionals from Canada and the United States following an extensive public consultation process. Information gathered by this working group was used by the ESC to inform its decision to adopt spongy moth as the common name in Canada. This decision by the ESC also ensures that the same common name will be used in both countries when communicating about this important forest insect pest. The ESC will adopt this common name for use in The Canadian Entomologist and all other publications produced by the society.

The ESC encourages other organizations in Canada to adopt spongy moth as the new common name when communicating about L. dispar.

Adult spongy moth sitting on a pale background

Male spongy moth (Lymantria dispar). Photo: S. McCann


La Société d’entomologie du Canada adopte « spongy moth » comme nouveau nom commun anglais pour Lymantria dispar

La Société d’entomologie du Canada (SEC) a adopté le nom commun anglais « spongy moth » pour Lymantria dispar. Cette décision a été prise à la suite d’une demande adressée au comité des noms communs de la SEC en vue d’adopter « spongy moth » comme nouveau nom commun anglais de cet insecte. Cette demande a été examinée par le comité en janvier et une décision a été rendue à la fin du mois dernier en faveur de l’adoption de ce nom.

Lymantria dispar était auparavant connue sous le nom de « gypsy moth » (et plus récemment dans les médias sous le nom de « LDD moth »). L’ancien nom commun a été retiré de la liste des noms communs acceptés par la SEC en juillet 2021 en raison de son caractère péjoratif à l’égard du peuple Rom.

Le nouveau nom commun a été choisi en raison des masses d’œufs spongieux très visibles que produit l’insecte. Ces masses d’œufs sont présentes 10 mois par an et constituent le principal moyen de propagation de l’insecte dans de nouveaux endroits. L’adoption de « spongy moth » harmonise également le nom commun anglais de L. dispar avec le nom commun français, soit la spongieuse.

La spongieuse est un ravageur occasionnel dans certaines parties de l’Est du Canada et est fréquemment introduit dans d’autres parties du pays, notamment lorsqu’il est transporté sur des marchandises ou des véhicules se déplaçant de l’Est vers l’Ouest du Canada. L’année dernière, en Ontario, cet insecte a défolié près de 1,8 million d’hectares de forêt.

L’avis de cette décision fait suite à l’annonce faite aujourd’hui que la Société d’entomologie d’Amérique (ESA) adoptera « spongy moth » comme nouveau nom commun de L. dispar. Ce nom a été choisi par un groupe de travail composé de 50 scientifiques et professionnels du Canada et des États-Unis à la suite d’un vaste processus de consultation publique. La SEC a utilisé les informations recueillies par ce groupe de travail pour prendre sa décision d’adopter « spongy moth » comme nom commun au Canada. Cette décision de la SEC assure également que le même nom commun anglais sera utilisé dans les deux pays pour communiquer sur cet important insecte ravageur des forêts. La SEC adoptera ce nom commun dans The Canadian Entomologist et dans toutes les autres publications de la société.

La SEC encourage les autres organisations au Canada à adopter « spongy moth » comme nouveau nom commun anglais dans leurs communications concernant L. dispar.

Webinar 1 – Insect Conservation

Friday March 4th, 2022, 1 – 2pm EST

Hello ESC members,

The Science-Policy Committee in coordination with the Student and Early Professional Affairs Committee are excited to announce our upcoming webinar mini-series titled “Science Meets Policy”. Our first webinar will focus on the intersection of science and policy in insect conservation which will be held on Friday March 4th, 1:00-2:00 pm EST. The goal of this webinar is to highlight key areas where science informs conservation policy relevant to entomologists.

We have three very exciting panelists lined up to speak at this webinar. Each speaker will give a brief talk on their own experiences within the science-policy interface. We will then have time for a panel discussion and questions from attendees – so come prepared to ask questions!

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Please use the following Zoom link to tune in on Friday March 4th at 1:00 pm EST

Topic: ESC Science-Policy Webinar I
Time: Mar 4, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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The Entomological Society of Canada is seeking enthusiastic members to take on leadership roles in the Society. A Director at Large and a Societal Director (Second Vice President) will be selected by members via an online ballot. The Director at Large will serve on the Governing Board for three years, while the Second Vice President will be in line to serve as President of the Society in their third year. Nominations for these positions must be signed by three active members of the Society and be received by the Secretary of the Entomological Society of Canada (ESCSecretary@esc-sec.ca ) by 28 February 2022.

Hello ESC students! Please submit your applications for the ESC Student awards by March 1 2022. Please read the details on the webpage carefully because some of the awards have different criteria (Student Awards – Entomological Society of Canada (esc-sec.ca)) and submit all applications by email to the ESC Association Coordinator at info@esc-sec.ca. Awards available this year are the Biological Survey of Canada scholarship, the John H. Borden Award, two Danks scholarships, two Dr. Lloyd  M. Dosdall Memorial awards, Postgraduate scholarships (MSc and PhD), and the Graduate Research Travel awards (MSc and PhD).   For all of the awards, two letters of reference are required (see details on website) as well as all of your official grades from Undergraduate to your current level of education.

Tyler Wist, ESC Student Awards Committee Chair

Soil mesofauna (including mites, springtails, and nematodes) are incredibly diverse and play an important role in maintaining healthy and functioning soils in terrestrial ecosystems. However due to their small size and cryptic habitat, these fascinating animals are often overlooked or underrepresented in ecological research. The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM, Department of Biological Sciences, Montréal, Québec) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Ottawa Research and Development Centre, Ottawa, Ontario) invite applications for a motivated MSc or PhD graduate student to conduct research using metabarcoding molecular techniques to survey soil mesofauna in a newly-initiated large-scale comprehensive soil biodiversity survey in Québec and Ontario. The research will be part of a larger project designed to characterise microbial, fungal, and faunal soil biodiversity and to assess its relationship with soil physico-chemical parameters and changing land use patterns in agroecosystems and adjacent natural areas. The selected candidate will integrate with a dynamic, collaborative research team that values a respectful and inclusive work environment in the labs of Dr. Tanya Handa (UQAM), Dr. Marla Schwarzfeld (AAFC, Ottawa) and Dr. Benjamin Mimee (AAFC, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu). The candidate will also have the opportunity to become a student member of the Québec Center of Biodiversity Science.

  • Candidates must meet the admission criteria of the Department of Biological Sciences graduate program at the Université de Québec à Montréal
  • Candidates must have a valid driver’s licence and be willing to travel between Ottawa and Montréal on regular basis, as well as to sites around Ontario and Québec for field sample collection.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated prior experience with scientific writing, community ecology, statistical analyses, molecular technique skills (e.g. DNA extractions, PCR, next-generation sequencing), bioinformatics and scripting, and/or entomology.
  • The student should be ready to start in May-June 2022.

Applicants should send a letter of motivation, CV, copy of academic transcripts and the names of three references to Marla Schwarzfeld (marla.schwarzfeld@agr.gc.ca), by January 28, 2022.

An exciting new position for an M.Sc. student is available through a multidisciplinary research program
involving researchers from the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta and the
Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute.

The successful applicant will contribute to the local and regional biodiversity assessment of Edmonton,
Alberta, and surrounding areas to assess potential introductions and dispersal mechanisms of oribatid
mites. Research will include work on the systematics and taxonomy of the Galumnoidea of Alberta.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree or equivalent by August 2022.
Desired skills include experience identifying small invertebrates using dissecting and light microscopy.
The candidate must be academically competitive and expected to work with a network of acarologists,
entomologists, and biodiversity scientists across Canada, and with oribatid experts outside of Canada as

The stipend is for 2.3 years with an annual amount of approximately $25,197, part of which will come
from teaching assistantships. The candidate’s M.Sc. program will be based in the Department of
Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The candidate must either be a Canadian
citizen or have residency approval to start the program in September 2022.

See flyer for more information including application procedures, and contact Dr. Lisa Lumley
(llumley@ualberta.ca) or Dr. Heather Proctor (hproctor@ualberta.ca) for additional information and questions.

Deadline to apply is 15 January, 2022.

I am writing you on behalf of IUFRO WP 7.03.16 to let you know about a new initiative to highlight graduate student research on the behavioural and chemical ecology of forest insects. Beginning in January 2022 we will host a series of three webinars that will provide a platform for graduate students to present their work and develop their networks.

Talks will be pre-recorded and submitted in advance of each symposia for judging. The top three from each region will be presented for a total of six student presentations per symposia. The best talk from each region (i.e., two will be selected from each symposia) will be recognized and our goal is to offer financial assistance to each winner to attend the IUFRO All-Division 7 meeting in 2022 in Portugal where the winners will present their talks in a symposium highlighting student research in the working party (the symposia has been approved by the organizing committee of the All-Division 7 meeting and we have some funding already secured).

The first webinar will occur 24-January at 12:00 UTC and will have talks from graduate students studying in Europe (n=3) and Africa (n=3).

The second webinar will occur 21-February at 18:00 UTC and will have talks from graduate students studying in North America (n=3) and Central/South America (n=3).

The third webinar will occur 28-March at 04:00 UTC and will have talks from graduate students studying in Asia (n=3) and Oceania (n=3).

We ask your assistance in bringing this webinar series to the attention of anyone interested in attending and watching, and in particular helping make graduate students aware of this opportunity. Anyone interested in participating needs to visit the registration page

(see https://www.fabinet.up.ac.za/index.php/event/IUFRO_WP_7.03.16_Mentoring_Program/). Although only the top three talks from each region will be played in the webinars, all submitted talks will be uploaded to the WP 7.03.16 YouTube page where they can be viewed. Registration is now open and in a few weeks we will be contacting students interested in participating to explain deadlines and the submission process.

Thank you for your assistance. Best wishes,

Jeremy, Sigrid, Andres and Quentin

IUFRO WP 7.03.16

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Hello JAM attendees!

Thank you so much for registering for the 2021 ESC/ESO JAM. Here are a few updates from the organizing committee.

  • Everyone who submitted a talk or a poster will be able to present at JAM.
  • Please visit https://www.entsocont.ca/esceso-2021-jam-english.html or https://www.entsocont.ca/esceso-2021-rac-franccedilais.html to see the JAM schedule. The schedule can also be downloaded directly here.
  • Our IT provider – Showcare – will reach out to speakers, and moderators to schedule speaker/moderator training within the coming weeks. Poster presenters will also be contacted with instructions about uploading their posters on the platform. All other attendees will receive an invitation for the conference website a week before the conference starts.
  • You can order your JAM 2021 T-shirts and hats here. Order now so you can wear your tees during the JAM in November! 🙂

Thanks, and we are looking forward to see you (virtually 🙂 in November!
Amro Zayed and Miriam Richards

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This year, instead of the annual silent auction, the Student and Early Professional Affairs Committee of the Entomological Society of Canada is selling bandanas to raise money for the Annual Scholarship Fund.

This 100% cotton bandana, available in red or charcoal gray, is printed with the logo insects* of the ESC and all of the regional entomological societies, plus a bonus arctic wolf spider to represent the northern territories. The beautiful artwork is by Mary Capaldi, and you can find more of their work, much of it entomology-themed, here: https://linktr.ee/marycapaldi.

You can pre-order bandanas on Etsy or by contacting Catherine Scott by email or on twitter. We anticipate that the bandanas will be available for shipping around the time of the 2021 online annual meeting, in plenty of time for holiday gift-giving.

*list of featured taxa:

ESC – Grylloblatta campodeiformis
ESBC – Boreus elegans
ESAb – Apamea devastator
ESS – Melanoplus bivittatus
ESM – Cicindela formosa generosa
ESO – Danaus plexippus
SEQ – Limenitis arthemis arthemis
AES – Rhagoletis pomonella
Arctic wolf spider – Pardosa glacialis

Mockups of two bandanas featuring line drawings of insects and spiders. One is charcoal grey with white insects and the other is bright red with white insects.

Un bandana orné d’insectes pour soutenir les étudiants de la SEC

Cette année, au lieu des enchères silencieuses annuelles, le Comité des affaires étudiantes et des jeunes professionnels de la Société d’entomologie du Canada vend des bandanas pour amasser des fonds pour le Fonds des bourses de la SEC.

Ces bandanas sont faits de coton à 100%, sont disponibles en rouge ou gris anthracite, et ont des imprimés montrant les insectes* des logos de la SEC et de toutes les sociétés entomologiques régionales, en plus d’une lycose glaciale pour représenter les territoires. Cette belle œuvre d’art est de Mary Capaldi, et vous pouvez trouver davantage de ses œuvres, en grande partie sur le thème de l’entomologie, ici : https://linktr.ee/marycapaldi.

Vous pouvez précommander des bandanas sur Etsy ou en contactant Catherine Scott par courriel ou sur Twitter. Nous prévoyons que les bandanas seront prêts pour l’expédition au moment de la réunion annuelle en ligne de 2021, donc bien à temps pour offrir des cadeaux de Noël.

*liste des taxons représentés :

SEC – Grylloblatta campodeiformis
ESBC – Boreus elegans
ESAb – Apamea devastator
ESS – Melanoplus bivittatus
ESM – Cicindela formosa generosa
ESO – Danaus plexippus
SEQ – Limenitis arthemis arthemis
AES – Rhagoletis pomonella
Lycose glaciale – Pardosa glacialis


Folded bandana showing design including symbols representing all provincial and national entomological societies

From: The Canadian Phytopathological Society and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

To: All Canadian researchers in pest management

 Re: 2021 PEST MANAGEMENT RESEARCH REPORT – Insect Pests and Plant Diseases – CALL FOR REPORTS


One of the objectives of the Pest Management Research Report (PMRR) is to facilitate the exchange of information on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) among persons involved in research and advisory services on IPM of insect pests and plant diseases of importance to the agri-food industry in Canada. To this end, the PMRR is published annually as a compilation of research reports by federal and provincial government, university and industry research and advisory personnel. These reports aid the development of recommendations for insect and disease management programs throughout Canada. They report on all aspects of pest management, including cultivar and management responses, and are available to support the registration of pest control products.

To increase the value of the report, everyone in Canada who is conducting studies involving pest management in agriculture is urged to report their results from 2021 in the format outlined in the attached guide (also available in French). The reports should ideally be 1-2 pages long and may be submitted in either French or English. Authors are requested to ensure they have the registrants’ approval to submit data about their products to a publicly available journal.

Because the Canadian Agricultural Insect Pest Review is no longer published, the PMRR now includes a section – Surveys and Outbreaks: Insects and Mites, to fill the information gap left by the loss of this annual publication. Results of field surveys to assess presence, abundance and distribution of new or established species can be reported in this section in the same format as for other reports in the PMRR. Reports of insect and mite outbreaks should include acreage of crop infested and location(s), control actions taken or product(s) used to minimize crop loss, crop loss assessment where possible, and results of control actions.

Full writing and submission instructions are here.

The 1995-2020 editions of the PMRR are available for viewing and download at http://phytopath.ca/publication/pmrr/.