10 February 2022 Science in the Virtual Pub with Dr. Jason J. Dombroskie: Moth vs Predator: 1000 ways to die, 1001 ways to survive New York is home to around 4,000 species of moths and butterflies that are integral parts of our ecosystems. Hundreds of species of birds, mammals, arachnids, and insects depend on them for food, but they are … Read More
New paper revising the Archipini of the Caribbean
The culmination of Kyhl Austin’s MSc thesis is published and available here. Abstract The Archipini fauna of the Caribbean is revised to include 33 species. Most previously described species occurring in the region are redescribed and figured, with 13 new species: Argyrotaenia browni sp. nov., A. cryptica sp. nov. (including A. c. cryptica ssp. nov. and A. c. praeteritana ssp. … Read More
The Moths of the Finger Lakes online talk
21 July 2020 Join us for an online presentation with Jason Dombroskie on the moths of the Finger Lakes Region of New York, USA. This intimate journey into the hidden lives of moths and their caterpillars will look at some of the amazing species in your backyard. Some of these moths take medicine to fight parasites, bubble poison from their … Read More
New paper on the effects of raindrops on insect wings
Raindrops pummel insects with incredible force and can cause some serious loss of heat through contact. Many insects though have superhydrophobic surfaces to shatter raindrops, thus dissipating the force and minimizing heat loss. Check out the amazing high speed photos of this in action in this press release and see the original paper.
Upcoming Public Events
05 May 2020, 19:30 Macnamara Field Naturalists’ Club Arnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin Street, Arnprior, ON Not Just Bird Food, The Moths of Renfrew County This intimate journey into the hidden lives of moths and their caterpillars will look at some of the amazing species in your backyard. Some of these moths take medicine to fight parasites, bubble poison from … Read More
New paper sorting out unplaced Archipini and describing a new genus
Kyhl Austin and Jason Dombroskie wrote a short paper describing a new genus of Archipini and proposing several new combinations and synonymies in Archipini and Atteriini (Tortricidae). This paper tidies up a number of Archipini that were orphaned as unplaced Archipini and moves some of them to the tribe Atterini.
New paper on possible cryptic species in the North American treehopper genus Spissistilus
Spissistilus festinus is a pest of various crops in the southern United States and is a vector of grapevine red blotch virus. This study demonstrates deep divergences in clades from the southwestern vs the southeastern US.
New paper documenting natural history of a rare pygmy mole cricket
Brandon Woo has published a richly-illustrated paper on the natural history of the pygmy mole cricket Ellipes monticolus. You can find this paper in the most recent issue of the Journal of Orthoptera Research.
3rd Annual Postseason Wrap-up (02 November 2019)
A get together for lepidopterists both amateur and expert to discuss specimens and photos of undetermined species from the previous season. The Cornell University Insect Collection will be open and microscopes will be available. Parking should be free in the nearby Hoy Road Parking Garage. For those interested we will order pizza for lunch and go out for dinner afterwards. … Read More
A Review of the Archipini of the Bahamas with the Description of a New Species of Argyrotaenia Stephens (Tortricidae)
The newest paper from our lab can be downloaded here: Austin, K. A., J. J. Dombroskie, D. L. Matthews, J. Y. Miller. 2019. A review of the Archipini of The Bahamas with the description of a new species of Argyrotaenia Stephens (Tortricidae). J. Lepid. Soc. 73: 5-17. Abstract Recent surveys in The Bahamas recorded four species of Archipini. Of these, … Read More
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