University of Canterbury MSc Scholarship in Conservation Entomology

The University of Canterbury is offering a MSc Scholarship for a position looking at the endangered endemic grasshopper Brachaspis robustus. They are seeking a keen, competent and enthusiastic student to work with Canterbury University, the Department of Conservation and Environment Canterbury to test the importance of predation and disturbance on grasshopper survival and population growth. This project will combine ecological and behavioural field studies to monitor the outcome of the first ever translocation of the species to a predator-reduced habitat, and could be expanded to include a population genetics component. The outcomes will be used to provide recommendations on a set of management actions that can be implemented by DoC in the long-term recovery strategy for all populations of this species.

This project is ideal for a student with a passion for ecology & conservation of native species, wildlife management or insect ecology & behaviour. Applicants should hold a BSc, BSc (Hons) or equivalent Postgraduate Diploma in Science in biology, ecology, conservation, wildlife management or similar. The substantial field component of the project necessitates a full driver’s licence & competence & enthusiasm for working in the outdoors.

The scholarship covers domestic student fees for up to 2 years and research costs. A start date of March 2015 is preferred, but will consider applicants for a later start date, no later than March 2016.

A fuller description of the project is available here. Please contact Dr Tara Murray for application information (

63rd annual conference, 22–24 April 2014, Queenstown

Registration and abstract submission are now open for the 63rd annual conference of the Entomological Society of New Zealand, being held at Rydges Lakeland Resort, Queenstown, 22–24 April 2014.

Conference fees are $350 ($450 after 14 March 2014), or $250 for students. Abstract submission closes 7 March 2013.

62nd New Zealand Entomological Society Conference, 3–5 April 2013, Massey University, Palmerston North

Registration and abstract submission is now open for the 62nd New Zealand Entomological Society Conference, being held at Massey University, Palmerston North, 3–5 April 2013. The theme for this year’s conference is “If it weren’t for your gumboots, where would weta be?” and will feature a workshop discussion on “Critical issues facing New Zealand entomology”.

Conference fees are $350 ($420 after 8 March 2013), or $250 for students. Abstract submission closes 15 March 2013.

For more information regarding the conference, see the Conference page.

Butterflies Conference, 16–17 March 2013, UniTec, Auckland

The Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust’s aim is to help with the protection and conservation of New Zealand’s butterflies and moths and habitat.

The annual conference of the Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust will be held at Unitec, Mt Albert, Auckland over the weekend of 16 and 17 March 2013. The conference will feature great speakers who will share practical ideas to assist with butterfly garden design and habitat planting for New Zealand’s butterflies and moths, as well as projects to enhance the understanding of metamorphosis and ecology and biodiversity in schools.

The AGM of the trust will take place during the weekend, where we will be changing our name to the Moths and Butterflies of New Zealand Trust (same acronym).

Registration: $140 per person, closes 28 February 2013
Late Registration (if space allows): $160 per person

Conference resources
Registration form (.doc format)
Conference poster (.pdf format)
Conference programme (.pdf format)

Bulletin #15 published: Identification of Lepidopteran larvae

Bulletin 15 cover

The Entomological Society of New Zealand is pleased to announce the publication of the 15th Bulletin of the Society: Identification Guide to Lepidoptera Larvae Intercepted on Trade Pathways. This guide provides keys for the recognition of caterpillars that are commonly intercepted in imports and exports, including New Zealand native species as well as economically significant pests associated with fresh produce traded to and from Pacific island countries.

The guide was prepared using invertebrate interception data collected from fresh produce imported into New Zealand covering pre- and post-border interceptions from 1990–2008. An introduction to characteristic body structures of Lepidoptera larva is given with reference to the families, genera and species covered within this guide. Illustrated keys are provided to larvae of 73 species in 72 genera from 19 Lepidoptera families commonly intercepted on New Zealand trade pathways. Notes are given on the hosts and/or commodities from which larvae were intercepted.

The guide is now available from Manaaki Whenua press. Members of the Entomological Society of New Zealand receive a 10% discount.

Conference 2012 abstract submission now open

Abstracts submissions are now open for the 2012 conference in Whangarei. Please make sure you register your interest for the conference to receive news updates and submit your abstract soon.