La CIFE (Conférence internationale francophone en entomologie) aura son congrès du 20 au 26 novembre 2023 au Cameroun. Il y aura notamment un symposium sur les insectes comestibles.

 Pour plus d’informations, voir :

A researcher assists a documentary crew filming spiders on a beach in BC. The researcher is sitting down with three documentarians, while a camera operator films.

Catherine Scott assisting a documentary crew with filming black widows at Island View Beach in BC.

An upcoming “Nature of Things” documentary on CBC will feature several prominent Canadian entomologists/arachnologists talking about mating and courtship of various arthropods.  Maydianne Andrade, Andrew Mason, and Luciana Baruffaldi from UTSC, Catherine Scott from McGill, Darryl Gwynne from UTM are among the scientists featured in the documentary. Below is the press release.  Check it out March 10!

Carrion beetles mating on the ground.

Some mating carrion beetles (not featured in the documentary)



There are 10 quintillion of them on this planet and their numbers keep growing so they must be up to something, right? They are. But how do bugs actually mate?  In this new documentary filmmakers use cutting-edge camera technology –and a healthy sense of humour–to take viewers into the little-known and rarely seen world of insect sexual activity.  What the bugs do is surprising, sometimes borderline tender or even shockingly brutal.  Bug Sex premieres on The Nature of Things, Friday, March 10 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service.

Why should the sex lives of bugs interest us?  “If human beings ceased to exist, the planet would continue just fine,” explains Andrew Gregg, who made Bug Sex.  “But eliminate all the insects and arachnids and the world’s ecology would collapse.”  He notes that seeing how insects breed and go to incredible lengths to ensure their genes carry on is a window into how evolution works.

With intriguing visuals, Bug Sex looks how a wide variety of spiders, crickets and flies breed, everything from black widow spiders to Pacific field crickets.  Viewers will be astonished at the mating habits of fruit flies and at what the male black widow spider sacrifices for the sake of a sexual union.  Then there is the kinky behavior of the wolf spider with its sexual cannibalism and just wait until you see the courting technique of dance flies!   “Looking at the bug world is like stepping into an alternate reality that exists all around us,” Gregg notes.

To guide viewers into this world, Gregg assembled a number of insect biologists, and he feels that today with more women scientists in the field there is a greater understanding of the female half of the insect population.  He points out that many bug scientists are actually partnered couples who share a mutual interest.  Like Maydianne Andrade and husband Andrew Mason from the University of Toronto who we join as they observe monster haglids in Alberta.  “We are both interested in the libido of bugs,” Dr Andrade explains.

 Joining them in this documentary are Marlene Zuk and her husband John Rotenberry as they seek field crickets in Hawaii, and on Vancouver Island we find Catherine Scott and partner Sean McCann looking out for black widow spiders.  Bug Sex even ventures to Uruguay where solo scientist Anita Aisenberg explores the unconventional mating rituals of wolf spiders.

Darryl Gwynn explores the machinations of tree cricket courting and then the intricacies of how they actually get it together.  “Insects are so diverse,” he says.  “And as the years go by they are coming up with more and more novel systems—new insect systems that do bizarrely different things.”  But is it possible that insects derive any pleasure during their couplings?  Dr. Lisha Shao at the University of Delaware provides evidence that the lively and intoxicated fruit fly is actually having a good time.

Bug Sex is a unique opportunity to glimpse into the fascinating and hidden world of the tiny creatures that are all around us.  It is an invitation to be a bug voyeur!


Bug Sex is written and directed by Andrew Gregg and co-produced with Deborah Parks.  It is made by Red Trillium Films in association with CBC.

For CBC: Sally Catto is General Manager, Entertainment, Scripted, and Sport; Jennifer Dettman is Executive Director, Unscripted Content; Sandra Kleinfeld is Senior Director, Documentaries; Sue Dando & Lesley Birchard, Executives in Charge of Production.

MEDIA CONTACT:  David McCaughna   416-859-1004

2021 North American Forest Insect Work Conference

25-28 May 2021
Shaping Forests: Action in a Changing World

We are proud to announce that the final program has been published and is now available for your viewing pleasure!

Registration is now OPEN with early bird registration occurring until May 1!
Please visit the NAFIWC website to register!

Student Competition Judges: We are currently in search of nine judges for three sessions of student paper competitions all on Wednesday May 26th!
If you are able, please contact Kier Klepzig ( or Rich Hofstetter (

The NAFIWC 2021 Proceedings will be published as a USDA Forest Service General Technical Report, publicly available online. All presenters (talks and posters) are encouraged to submit a short synopsis of their work (1-3 pages maximum, including tables and figure as appropriate) for publication in the proceedings. Reports and abstracts will not be edited so please take care to provide a quality document. Please send submissions via email to Deepa Pureswaran at by May 25. Submitted abstracts will be used lieu of synopses if not received by the deadline.

Check this site often, we will be announcing training sessions for virtual presentations for moderators and speakers soon!

The 1st International Electronic Conference on Entomology (IECE)

A free virtual event held from 1st–15th July 2021

This event will solely be an online proceeding that allows participation from all over the world, with no concerns of travel or related expenditures, while at the same time, allowing the rapid dissemination of global advances in the study of insects among the entire scientific community. All proceedings will be held online at

Through this event, we aim to cover the following topics:

  • Systematics and Morphology
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Biology, Behavior and Physiology
  • Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution
  • Pest Management
  • Forest and Urban Entomology
  • Medical and Veterinary Entomology
  • Apiculture and Pollinators

The conference is completely free of charge—both to attend and for scholars to upload and present their latest work on the conference platform.

IECE is a virtual conference sponsored by Insects (IF: 2.220, ISSN 2075-4450). Participation is free of charge for authors and attendees. The accepted papers will be published free of charge in the journal Proceedings of the conference itself.

IECE offers you the opportunity to participate in this international, scholarly conference without the concerns or expense of traveling—all you need is access to the Internet. We would like to invite you to “attend” this conference and present your latest work.

Abstracts (in English) should be submitted by 15 May 2021 online at

For accepted abstracts, the proceedings paper (at least 3 pages and should not exceed 8 pages) can be submitted by 15 June 2021. The conference will be held on 1st–15th July 2021.

Paper Submission Guidelines

For information on the procedure for submission, peer review, revision, and acceptance of conference proceedings papers, please refer to the section ‘Instructions for Authors’.


Abstract Deadline: 15/05/2021
Abstract Acceptance Notification Deadline: 25/05/2021
Proceedings Paper Deadline: 15/06/2021
Conference Date: 01/07/2021

We look forward to receiving your research papers and to welcoming you to the 1st International Electronic Conference on Entomology (IECE). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Prof. Dr. Nickolas G. Kavallieratos

Chair of the 1st International Electronic Conference on Entomology

Conference Secretariat

M.Sc. Fancy Zhai
Ms. Barbara Wang

JAM 2021 and ESC Business Meetings

Recently the ESC Executive Council met with members of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the meeting to discuss the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic The Council learned that, although the LOC has taken steps to limit financial penalties, in the absence of a legislated prohibition of  meetings, the penalty for cancelling the contract with the meeting hotel would be about $75,000. The Council also learned that the electronic infrastructure at the hotel is not adequate for the meeting to be a “hybrid”, with on-line and in-person participants. We are optimistic in light of Canada’s plans to vaccinate the majority of the adult population for COVID-19 by September 2021. ESC encourages members to attend the JAM if possible, but the Council is aware that some members will not be able to attend an in-person meeting because their employer will not approve travel to the conference. Although a final decision will be made in May 2021, the above information leads the ESC Executive Council to conclude that the most probable scenario for JAM 2021 is:

  • There will be an in-person JAM 2021 on 14–17 November 2021 at Niagara Falls, Ontario as advertised (see .
  • The meeting is expected to have lower attendance than normal, but will have the full range of scientific and social events normal at a JAM. There will not be an opportunity for on-line participation in these events.
  • Board meetings and the Annual Meeting of Members, will not occur at the JAM. They will be conducted by video conference in October or November 2021, on dates that do not conflict with JAM.

Further information will be communicated to ESC members by Eblast and ESC News Feeds, as soon as possible, and updates will be published in the June and September issues of the ESC Bulletin.

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee is developing strategies for the ESC to become a more inclusive and welcoming society. The committee is currently working on:

  1. Acknowledging the diversity within the society.
  2. Creating an EDI package for current and future Boards of Directors.
  3. Creating a list of resources for members to familiarize themselves with equity, diversity, and inclusion issues and concepts.
  4. Offering workshops for – a) board of directors and b) members, during the JAM.
  5. Having a guest speaker on EDI issues at the JAM.

Please, reach out to the EDI director Sebastian Ibarra or committee chair Christine Noronha  if you have any ideas for workshops, speakers, programs, resources, events, or other that you would like the ESC to implement.

Dear Members,

The ESC has established a new Director position for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).  The EDI Director will be a voting member of the Board ( and will help guide the decision-making process of the Society with the aim to increase EDI within the Society and the science.

The Board normally meets twice during the Joint Annual Meeting and 2-3 times by phone or videoconference during the year.  Directorships are unpaid positions with appointments for a 3-yr term.

Information on the roles and expectations of Board members is provided in the ‘Standing Rules’ and the ‘By-laws’ of the Society.  These documents can be accessed in the ‘Members Area’ of the ESC website under ‘Societal Business’ (

If you wish to be considered for this new position, please send an email to ESC President Gail Anderson (  Please include with your email, a statement (no more than 1 page double-spaced) to explain why you think you would be a good fit in this role, with particular emphasis on your commitments and experiences to EDI.

Directorships are filled by a majority vote of members participating in the Annual Meeting of Members on 20 October 2020.  The information that you provide will be made available to the membership in French and English to help inform their decision.

Deadline for application is October 8th, 2020 

Dear Researchers in Integrated Pest Management,

The Pest Management Centre compiles the Pest Management Research Report (PMRR) for the Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS), in conjunction with the Entomological Society of Canada. The PMRR facilitates 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.

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. The PMRR is published only in electronic format. The 1995-2019 editions of the PMRR are available on the CPS website for viewing and download at

Please find attached the invitation to submit research reports for the 2020 edition of the PMRR. Also encourage any of your colleagues who conduct research into IPM to submit research reports. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Stefan Bussmann

Publications Officer, Pest Management Centre

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada / Government of Canada / Tel: 613-759-7583 / TTY: 613-773-2600

Agent des publications, Centre de la lutte antiparasitaire

Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada / Gouvernement du Canada / Tél.: 613-759-7583 / ATS: 613-773-2600

Registration is still open for Entomological Collections Network 2020, airing live November 9-10th (08:00PST/16:00UTC). Registration is very affordable to reflect our low costs this year, and space is still open for virtual posters! (submission deadline of September 18th) Please visit our website for more information, or contact Chris Grinter (