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Toronto Entomologists' Association

Town: Toronto

Ontario Nature Region: Provincial Partner

The goals of the Toronto Entomologists' Association are to promote interest in Ontario insects, to gather and distribute knowledge about those insects, and to encourage insect conservation.

Although our meetings are held in Toronto, we encourage people outside Toronto to join. Our publications concern insects in all areas of Ontario and our field trips are held in various areas of the province. Membership dues are $25 for individuals, $30 for families, and free for students (finances permitting).

Monthly meetings are held at Victoria College, which is near the Royal Ontario Museum. Meetings are held on Saturday afternoons, generally starting at 1:15 p.m. We meet from September to November and from January to April. The March meeting is a Student Symposium, at which entomology students give short talks about their research. One of the presenters at the Symposium receives a $300 award for research travel.

Three times a year, we publish a 20-page newsletter about the latest insect activities, information and publications.

Every year, we publish Ontario Lepidoptera, the seasonal summary of butterfly and moth records from across Ontario. The series has been in continuous publication since 1969, creating a wealth of data. In the latest year, 145 people contributed records to the 65-page publication (including 11 pages of full-colour photos).

Our club has increasingly become involved in other orders of insects. There have been 7 issues of Ontario Odonata, which is the annual seasonal summary. We have also published a 24-page field guide to the bumble bees of Algonquin Provincial Park, illustrating each species will full-colour photographs.

Field trips occur in the summer months. There are at least a half-dozen trips each year. Some are in the Toronto area, such as the High Park Moth Night and the East Toronto Butterfly Count. Others are farther afield, such as butterfly trips to Rondeau Provincial Park and Peterborough, a moth trip to Walsingham (near Long Point), and a spider trip to Blackwater (north of Whitby).

Visit the Toronto Entomologists' Association website for more information or to be put on our e-mail list about club activities.

For more information please contact Ontario Nature at 1-800-440-2366 or info@ontarionature.org.

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