Welcome to the Lorquin Entomological Society
Newsletter and Meetings
After our summer break, the next Lorquin meeting will be on September 22, at BioQuip.
This will be our annual Show and Tell meeting; bring slides, digital images or collections of material you have observed or collected or a report of your travels and/or research to share with fellow Lorquin members.
This meeting will be held at BioQuip Products, Inc.
2321 Gladwick Street, Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220
Doors will open at 7:30 pm and our meeting will start at 8 PM.
Meetings are always free to attend, come visit us!
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July & August - No meetings - get out there and look for insects!
September 22 - Show & Tell
October 27 - TBA
November 24 - TBA but may be rescheduled due to Thanksgiving Holiday on November 23rd
December meeting will be a casual gathering at the BioQuip open house
June 23rd, 2017 - Travis Longcore: Impact of light pollution on insects.
May 26th, 2017 - Mounting and curation workshop
April 28th - Bas van Schooten; Heliconius Butterfiles and Speciation
March 24th, 2017- Discovery in California’s Biodiverse Heartland — A Tour of Tejon Ranch with Laura Pavliscak
Feb 24th, 2017 - Andrea Haberkern on the Eco-Morphology of Spiders.
Jan 28th, 2017 - Annual Pot-Luck Banquet and officer installation
About the Society
The Lorquin Entomological Society had its inception in June of 1913 when Fordyce Grinnell, Jr., of Pasadena, inserted in a Los Angeles daily newspaper a notice that a meeting of boys interested in natural history would be held in the home of Harold Strawn, and inviting all who were interested to attend........
Events and Collecting Reports
Fall Invertebrate Sampling Trip on Tejon Ranch!
Join fellow Lorquin members at the Tejon Ranch for an autumn invertebrate sampling trip, targeting three distinct systems on the property. Meeting on a Friday afternoon, we will explore Mojave Desert scrub and juniper woodlands, transitioning into high elevation native grasslands. Saturday will take us up a steep mesic canyon from the desert floor to the highest peaks on the Ranch touring oak and shrub diversity and a spring system along the way. At the highest elevations (6800 feet) wind flagged white fir transition into stunted shrubs and flowering buckwheat, overlooking protected pockets of incense cedars, yellow pines, and brewers oaks. Sunday morning will take us up and over the ridge into the high elevation forested areas on the north aspect of the Tehachapis where we’ll explore fern beds and conifer forests.
Camping will be accessible to personal vehicles, and close enough to the property edge to allow for folks to join us for part of the time (meeting early or coming in late).
We have two possible time windows for the event:
* September 15 to 17 or October 6 to 8
We need to know which dates work best for those interested asap. If you already communicated your availability, there is no need to reconfirm at this point in time. Hope you can make it!
If you have not already done so, please confirm your interest during the next Lorquin meeting.
Insect collecting in Southern California
Recent changes to the laws regulating insect collecting and scientific research have been made that potentially restricts insect collecting in public lands in California. This is particularly an important issue in areas newly designated as "National Monuments", which includes much of our local San Gabriel Mountains. Please not that the current administration may be changing the status of our local Forests and Monuments, so please keep informed.
Spider Pavilion is back at NHM!
September 17 – November 26, 2017
A one-of-a-kind Spider Pavilion offers a truly unique experience. Walk through a safe, fascinating open-air pavilion and learn about the amazing engineering that goes into each spider's web.
The Cal Poly Insect Fair will be held this year on October 7th and 8th, 2017.
Come see thousands of live and preserved California and exotic insects from around the world!
31st Annual Insect Fair wrap-up!
A very busy and fun fair as always; we talked to so many great people interested in entomology at all levels. Thanks for bringing your questions and your enthusiasm for arthropods and all nature Los Angeles! Hoping to see some new faces at our meetings! An estimated 13,500 people attended this years Insect Fair!
Volunteers at the Lorquin booth were Bedros Orchanian, Terry Keller, Ron McGinnis, Marion McGinnis, Jerri Larson, Nancy Larson, Kat Halsey, Dave Faulkner, Jean Bellemin. Special thanks to Bedros for organizing the Lorquin booth, as always, great job!
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