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Vol 93 (1996): Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia

COVER: Sculptured pine borer, Chalcophora virginiensis (Drury) (Coleoptera: Buprestidae). Adults of this species reach 31 mm and as such are the largest of the western species of flatheaded borers. As their common name suggests, they have a uniquely sculptured dorsal surface. Their abdomen is equally remarkable with its beautiful iridescent bronze lustre, common in this family of insects. Larvae feed on dead and dying pine, fir and Douglas-fir. Pen and ink drawing by Laurie Friskie. Specimen caught near Kamloops, BC, by artist.


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Vol 92 (1995): Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia

COVER: The symbol of the 1995 Annual General Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Canada and British Columbia is reproduced on this year's cover. It is from a limited edition print, Frozen Mosquito by BC native artist, Michael Blackstock. He was born in 1961 and is a status native with the Gitanmax Band in Hazelton, as well as a professional forester. He was inspired by the Tsimshian legend of the origin of the mosquito - in ancient times, blood sucking animals in human form used to invite travellers to their village and then drain their victims' blood by stabbing their long crystal noses into the necks of the unsuspecting travellers while they slept. One young man awoke in time to save himself. He fled from the village with the chief in hot pursuit. The chief tracked the young man to a lake where he had hidden in a tree on the shore. The chief exhausted and soaked himself trying to attack the man's reflection in the water and then, while recovering on the shore, froze solid. The young man and his people took the frozen chief and burned him to ashes. When the fire had burned out, a wind came up and blew the ashes into the air where they turned into clouds of mosquitoes. The photograph superimposed on the drawing was taken and scanned by the editor from a frozen female Culiseta incidens (Thomson) reared by David Onyabe. One of the Province's commonest and largest species; it is magnified 7.5 times.


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No 2 (1994): Occasional Paper (Entomological Society of British Columbia)

COVER: Female of the seed bug Cordillonotus stellatus Scudder (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae) [Total length 4.90mm] . A potentially rare and endangered insect, in Canada known only from two females, one from Summerland and one from Victoria. Also reported from California, Oregon and Washington (Scudder, G.G.E. 1984. Can. Ent. 116:1300). Original pen and ink drawing by Edie Bijdemast, reproduced by permission of the Canadian Entomologist.
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Vol 91 (1994): Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia

COVER: This ill assorted pair of noctuid moths was caught in the act and photographed by Jim Troubridge of the Pacific Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The upper, darker moth is a female Euxoa lidia locked in copulation with a male Xestia c-nigrum. They were in a mercury vapour light-trap 16 km E of Invermere, B.C., in July 1994. The photograph was digitized on an Abaton page scanner at 300 dots per inch and, for the first time, sent electronically to the Graphic Designer by the Editor. He solicits good quality line drawings or photographs for future insects of the year.


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Vol 90 (1993): Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia

COVER: Male Cybaeus multnoma Chamberlin and Ivie (Araneae, Cybaeidae) drawn by Robb Bennett. Scale bar = 2 mm. Individuals of about two dozen species of this Holarctic genus are dominant generalist predators in the forest floor arthropod community of the Pacific Northwest especially in coastal regions. Six species are known to occur in British Columbia. Cybaeus reticulatus Simon and C. morosus Simon are abundant in a variety of coastal habitats from San Francisco to the outer Aleutian Islands (in the Queen Charlotte Islands the former is found from sea level wet forests to alpine meadows). Cybaeus signifer Simon and C. eutypus Ch. and Ivie are very common in south eastern B.C. They range from mid-coastal B.C. south to Big Sur and the Yosemite area (C. signifer) and from the Queen Charlotte Islands to mid-coastal Oregon and the Willamette Valley (C. eutypus). Two other species have more restricted ranges: C. sinuosus . Fox is apparently endemic to the Canadian Rockies in Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks and a new species is found in south central B.c. and adjacent Washington from Lillooet through the Okanagan Valley to Okanogan County. Many species of Cybaeus (most notably in Japan, California, and Oregon) have extremely restricted ranges and are known from only a few specimens. From: Bennett, R.G. 1991. The systematics of the North American cybaeid spiders (Araneae, Dictynoidea, Cybaeidae). Ph.D. dissertation, Univ. of Guelph, 308 pp.


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Vol 89 (1992): Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia

COVER: An adult female Dytiscus dauricus Gebler (Dytiscidae: Coleoptera) drawn with pen and ink by David Young from specimens collected by Adrian de Bruyn. The specimen is 33 mm long. The species is Holarctic in distribution and can be collected along the margin of ponds, slow brown water streams and bush- or tree-ringed permanent ponds and lakes in British Columbia.


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Vol 88 (1991): Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia

COVER: An adult female Hyalophora euryalus kasloensis (Cockerell) (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) drawn with pen and ink by Sheri Giesbrecht from specimens reared by Dean Morewood. The ceanothus silkmoth, Hyalophora euryalus (Boisduval), is native to the Pacific coast and western mountains of North America from Baja California to British Columbia. Despite any nominal preference for ceanothus, larvae of this species have been reported to feed on a wide variety of broad-leaved trees and shrubs and at least one conifer. In mid to late summer the larvae spin sturdy tear-drop shaped cocoons, usually attached at the side to twigs of their host plant, within which they spin a second cocoon. After overwintering as diapausing pupae, the large reddish brown moths emerge from their cocoons mainly in May and June, and dedicate their one week adult lifespan to reproduction. The form known as H. e. kasloensis is found in the interior of B.C. and northern Washington and Idaho and shows a distinct larval phenotype, but its taxonomic status has yet to be firmly established (see p. 31).


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Vol 87 (1990): Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia

COVER: The larva of the widespread western dragonfly Sympetrum madidum (Hagen) was first described by Rob Cannings from specimens he collected in Victoria and the Chilcotin (see Pan-Pacific Entomologist 57(2):341-346, 1981). The species lives in shallow ponds, often those that dry up in summer. It ranges from the Northwest Territories south through British Columbia to California and east to Manitoba and Missouri. The adults of the genus Sympetrum are a common sight in British Columbia from May through October, but are especially evident in the late summer and fall. Most are reddish; S. madidum can be identified by its white thoracic stripes and the venation of its orange-tinged wings. The pen and ink drawing is by Rob Cannings.

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