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The 10th International Congress of Dipterology (ICDX) is being held July 16-21 2023 in Reno, Nevada. Travel grants from the North American Dipterists Society, the Linnaean Society of London, and the Entomological Society of Canada have been made available to support student attendance. Funding from the Entomological Society of Canada will go specifically towards supporting Canadian students.

To apply, please visit and click on the Travel Grants tab.

The deadline to apply is March. 15th

A brown mantidfly, perched on a Purple Prairie Clover. The insect resembles a reddish Polistes wasp, and has striking green eyes. The flower is brilliant pink, with ellow pollen on the stamens, and there are more out of focus in the background.

A brown mantidfly, perched on a Purple Prairie Clover. The insect resembles a reddish Polistes wasp crossed with a mantid, and has striking green eyes. The flower is brilliant pink, with yellow pollen on the stamens, and there are more out of focus in the background.

In this first of a series of three posts, we will find out what went into making a winning photo in the 2022 ESC photo contest. The first shot we will consider is the third place winner, Thilina Hettiarachchi with this stunning shot of a brown mantidfly Climaciella brunnea (Neuroptera: Mantispidae). Thilina is an MSc student at the University of Manitoba studying taxonomy of Lasioglossum bees. .

I asked all the winners about their images:


How did this image come about?


I am originally from Sri Lanka and currently in an MSc in Entomology program at the University of Manitoba. Macrophotography is just one of my many hobbies, and it allows me to explore the beauty of insects and communicate that to others. I have a long-term goal of publishing a photobook of the insects of Manitoba. This past summer was an exciting one for me, as it was my first in Canada. While working on my research project, I had the opportunity to assist with pollinator surveys in the Manitoba Wildlife Management areas. This allowed me to explore new, exciting areas of Manitoba, and that is how I encountered this beautiful Brown Mantidfly.


What do you like best about this image?


Among the images I captured this summer, this is my favourite shot. This was my first encounter with this species and only my second encounter with the ever-charismatic Mantidfies. Beyond that, I love the colors, especially the background of Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea). These mantidflies are also not commonly recorded in Manitoba.


What is one piece of advice you would give to newcomers to insect photography?


If you are a newcomer, I would encourage you to practice as much as possible. Your patience is the most important skill you should develop to begin with this insect photography. Moreover, make sure to always get to know your photo subject. Since they are tiny, living creatures, it is very important to know their habits and behaviours. If you have at least a rough idea, then you know where you can find them and how best to handle them. I would also highly recommend considering using a flasher and a good diffuser to enhance the subject’s natural beauty. Shooting with soft and diffused light will take your photos quality to a whole new level.

The 2023 Joint Annual Meeting will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from October 15-18, 2023 hosted by the Entomological Society of Saskatchewan.

More information about the meeting theme and venue will be posted soon.

Outsiders and Others is seeking visual artists from Canada and the United States who’s artwork is focused on wood boring insects, wood, and/or the relationship between wood boring insects and wood.

This exhibition being presented simultaneously with the Joint American and Canadian Entomological Society Meeting in Vancouver on November 13-16, 2022.

How to apply by email:

  1. Send up to 4 images of artwork to be considered for Images must be jpegs.
  2. Include a list that describes the images you are sending with the title, medium, and size of each
  3. Write a statement about yourself that includes your education, exhibition history, and why you were interested in applying to participate in this

E mail all your information to: and put “Boring Art” in the subject line. Artists will be notified by email about the selection process results by October 7.

Other information:

  • Applications due Sept 30th
  • Exhibition dates are November 2-27, 2022
  • Self-taught artists will be given priority consideration for the exhibition as that is the focus of our organization.
  • The gallery retains a 25% commission on the sale of all
  • Artists are responsible for the cost of shipping the artwork to and from the gallery for the

Outsiders and Others is a non-profit arts Society with a focus on bringing non-traditional artists to the forefront. This includes outsider, folk, self-taught, visionary, intuitive, and artists with disabilities.

Our gallery is at 716 East Hastings Street in Vancouver and is open to the public Wed – Sat 11-4 and by appointment. We also have a window only gallery at #100-938 Howe Street.

Any questions? Feel free to contact Director / Curator Yuri Arajs at or visit us online at


On June 8th, we invite you to celebrate National Insect Appreciation Day (NAIAD) with thousands of insect enthusiasts, amateurs, and professionals all across Canada. We invite you to participate in the “insect picture challenge” on social media. This year, we invite professional entomologists to ‘lift a finger for insects’ by sharing their love of insects and arthropods with the public on social media by taking a picture or video of their species of study in their hand or on their finger. Share your love for insects!

In order to participate in the challenge, a person will have to post a least one picture of an insect during the National Insect Appreciation Day on June 8th. When posting the photo, the participant should include associated hashtags and nominate five friends by inviting them to also post an insect picture.

Hashtags: #InsectPictureChallenge #NationalinsectDay

How a hashtag works: A hashtag makes it possible for other users to easily find messages and post with a specific theme or content. Simply use the hashtag on social media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and make sure that your photograph is public.

For more information, and to download resource material, go to:

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Hello ESC-Student Members! Great news from the ESC Board about the availability of 15 Ed Becker Conference Travel Awards of $500 to be used for students to travel to JAM 2022 and present a talk or poster in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, in the Conference Centre overlooking the harbour. Seal and seagull sightings are almost guaranteed from the conference room windows. Many thanks to the Dufault Foundation for their generous donation that allows us increased support for student travel to our meetings.

With the call for papers out now for the 2022 JAM in British Columbia, the call for Ed Becker Conference Travel awards is also open with a deadline for submissions of 3 June 2022. All of the information for structuring your application can be found on the ESC webpage under Student Awards and specifically at

Applications are to be submitted by email to the ESC Association Coordinator at  with the following in the subject line – Your last name and the award name by the June 3 2022 deadline.

Entomologically yours,

Tyler Wist: Chair of the ESC Student Awards Committee

10-minute Papers, Posters, and Infographics

Share Your Science

Submissions for 10-minute papers, posters, and infographics are now open! Abstracts are due June 3, 2022. To offer extra flexibility, presenters may change their presentation format from live in Vancouver to pre-recorded virtual presentation through September 19.

Why Present?

One of the best ways to make an impact in the entomological community is to present your research. By presenting at the Joint Annual Meeting, you can connect with new entomologists, find potential future collaborators across three Societies, and showcase your field of work. Explore the submission categories to find where your research best fits in and begin your abstract now!

The 2022 Joint Annual Meeting offers unique opportunities to share your research, gain exposure, and collaborate ties. Connect with scientists and researchers from around the globe over the four science-filled days.


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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.

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 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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