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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.

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