Insects in the News
Progress made in battling coconut scale insect infestation
Lowly Dung Beetles Are Insect Astronomers
Insect park in Regional Science Centre Guwahati, India
Lorquin was established in 1913, so in 2013 we celebrated out 100th year along with the Natural History of Los Angeles County! Happy Birthday Lorquin and NHM!
2016 Roy Van de Hoek
2015 Bob Wuttkin
2014 Emile Fiesler
2013 Dave Faulkner
2012 Dave Faulkner
2011 Jeanne Bellemin
2010 Blaine Hebert
2009 Dave Wikle
2008 Blaine Hebert
2007 Jerri Larsson
2006 Ken Osbourne
2005 Ken Osbourne
2004 Rubin Portillo
2003 Bedros Orchanian
2002 Terry Keller
2001 Jeremiah George
2000 Jeff Cole
1999 Jim Hogue
1998 Rosser Garrison
1997 Rick Rogers
1996 Bob Allen
1995 Linda Fowler
1994 Paul Russell
1993 Jack Levy
1992 Glen Gorelick
1991 Brian Harris
1990 Art Evans
1989 Rosser Garrison
'Insects of the Month'
Taiwan; this guy was hanging out on a railing on the Shakadang Trail. I think it’s a eumasticid, Anyone more familiar with Taiwanese orthopterans? Send us a message and let us know what you think, we would love to hear from you!
Photo credit Dennis C. Hwang
Taiwan; this is a tettigoniid, which I stalked through the parking lot at Taroko Village. Taroko Village is pretty cool, because it’s run by the local natives and they serve traditional aboriginal cuisine in the restaurant.
Photo credit Dennis C. Hwang
To get you excited about Tejon, here is one of the beautiful longhorn beetles, Cerambycidae, found during the last Lorquin trip!
From my walk in Syacamore Canyon on Whittier April 8, 2018: Sara Orangetip, Cabbage White, Mournful Duskywing, Umber Skipper, Pale Swallowtail, Western Tiger Swallowtail, Western Pygmy Blue, California Sister, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, and Lorquin’s Admiral (photo).
Submitted by Lorquin Secretary, Kim Moore
January: Apollo shield-back katydid Idiostatus apollo, photo by Jeff Cole.
Some of the first specimens of this rare katydid were found during the historic July 19, 1969 Apollo XI moonwalk. The type locality where this katydid was first discovered, and where I found the individual shown here, looks rather moon-like: the expansive dry, salty lakebed of Middle Alkali Lake in Modoc County, California. This female has a red mite on her abdomen.
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!
"Field crickets: sound and systematics"
David Gray is a Professor of Biology at California State University Northridge. Dave earned a B.S. from UC Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. He joined the CSUN faculty in 2001 after postdoctoral appointments at Brock University and the University of Lethbridge. His research foci are the evolution of acoustic behavior in crickets and the interplay of natural and sexual selection on cricket songs, on which topics he is a prolific author. He is a coauthor on the revision of field crickets (genus Gryllus), which pose a formidable centuries-old taxonomic problem in entomology.
Friday April 27th, 2018
Los Angeles County Natural History Museum
Friday March 23rd, 2018
Dave Wikle on Lepidoptera
"My Journey Making Sense of Species"
in two parts...
Meeting will be held in the Times Mirror Room at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum.
Its good to be back at the Natural History Museum! We had a full room for Dave Wikle's talk, and we will be at NHM again in April. Come join us!
A great time was had by the Lorquin collective during our annual pot-luck event in January. Good friends, good food, a table full of raffle prizes, and as always, a buzz in the air as everyone chatted about their collecting reports and projects.
January 27th, 2018 - Happy New Year Entomologists!
The annual Lorquin Pot-Luck Dinner meeting will be held at BioQuip. Doors open 5:30pm, start eating around 630pm. Bring food for your family, guests and three extra people. Bring a main dish, salad, or desert. Lorquin will provide plates, utensils, cups and napkins as well as coffee, soft drinks and hot water if needed. Raffle/door prize items always welcome at this event.
There is no scheduled speaker during this meeting.
Friday November 17th, 2017
“Listening to the hidden biodiversity around us” a bioacoustics talk by John Cooley of Wesleyan University.
Note earlier date Friday November 17 due to the Thanksgiving holiday!
October 27th, 2017 - Special Halloween Presentation on Spiders with Blaine Hebert & Mike Martinez
September 22nd, 2017 - Annual Show & Tell meeting.
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
September 22nd, 2017
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.
October 27th, 2017
Join us for a special Halloween Presentation on spiders with Blaine Hebert & Mike Martinez
May 26th, 2017
Mounting and curation workshop
Come out for a night of pinning insects! We will supply all the materials you will need to learn the basics of how to properly pin and mount insect specimens, and you get to take them home after. All skill levels welcome! All you pros out there come help teach some new folks!
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, and the materials for the evening are no cost and are a donation from a Lorquin member. If you have fun, become a member and join us at future meetings!
April 28th, 2017
Former Lorquin President Bas van Schooten will give a presentation on Heliconius Butterfiles and Speciation
Bas, a native of the Netherlands, earned a Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in Ecology and Evolution. After working as an ecologist for two years he pursued a Ph.D. in Puerto Rico on the evolution of smell and taste in Heliconius.
Based on his research, Bas will bring you up to date with scientific views on what speciation and species concepts are in a two part talk. The first part will be about the evolution of smell and taste in Heliconius and how these senses relate to species boundaries. The second part of the talk will focus on the genetics of speciation.
Fall Invertebrate Sampling Trip on Tejon Ranch!
We had another great journey to Tejon for an autumn invertebrate sampling trip, visiting a number of habitats on the ranch.
Keep your eyes open on this space, we will post a collecting report soon!