Vol 92 (1995)

Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia

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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.