Summer 2016 BSC Newsletter

The BSC summer 2016 Newsletter is here, with fantastic articles on butterflies, microbes, fish, and ticks. Access the newsletter here:(http://biologicalsurvey.ca/pages/read/newsletters)

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Special Issue of The Canadian Entomologist celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Biological Survey of Canada

Submissions currently are being solicited for a special issue of  The Canadian Entomologist (TCE) to be published in 2017. The special issue celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Biological Survey of Canada! It will be on the theme of “Terrestrial Arthropod Diversity in Canada: Celebrating 40 years of the Biological Survey of Canada”. In this context, “terrestrial” is defined to include upland, wetland and aquatic systems. If you wish to contribute to this special issue, please contact Dr. David Langor (david.langor@canada.ca) by October 1st, 2016.
In recognition of the 150th anniversary of TCE submissions are being solicited for another special issue, see the Entomological Society of Canada Blog for more details: (https://escsecblog.com/2016/07/06/the-canadian-entomologist-call-for-special-issues/)

Insect Biodiversity Stories in the News

Insects come out on top in 2009 New Species list

On Jan. 19, 2012, e-science news reported that the 2011 State of Observed Species (SOS) report had been released the previous day by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University, giving the data for numbers of new species reported in 2009.  In that year, 19,232 species were indicated as new to science, and more than half of them were Insects.  The report also gave results for the full decade, 2000 to 2009, reporting over 176,000 new species during the decade.

The actual numbers for 2009 are 9,738 insect species, and 1,487 arachnids. There were also 2,184 vascular plants, seven birds, and 41 mammals in the “new” list as well.

According to the e-science news article,  Quentin Wheeler, an ASU entomologist and founding director of the species institute also reported that the number of new species in 2009 is about twice as many species as were known in the lifetime of Carolus Linnaeus.

The SOS report is available online at http://species.asu.edu.  Based on the colourful “word cloud” in the report, the top group appears to be the beetles…

Source:  e-science news:  http://esciencenews.com/articles/2012/01/19/insects.top.latest.inventory.newly.discovered.species