A closely allied group is Scarabs – The Bug Society which meets the 4th Monday of every month at the Burke Museum on the campus of the University of Washington. The entrance to campus is 17th Ave NE and NE 45th St. The Burke Museum will be on your right after you stop at the gate house to pay for parking (evenings $5). Enter the building at the rear of the museum building using the loading dock.
As always, all are welcome at Scarab meetings, whether members or not. (Dues paying members get a newsletter by postal mail).
Scarabs Meetup can be found at https://www.meetup.com/Scarabs-The-Bug-Society/
Here is the schedule of meetings for Scarabs. All meetings are at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted.
“Odorous House Ants” by Ross Halliday
The odorous house ant, Tapinoma sessile, is one of the few household pests that’s actually a native species! Widespread in the environment, it’s the third-most-common household ant submitted to Extension. But these little ants (biggest specimens 1/8 inch) are not your typical ant! Most local ants are easy to classify as formicine (like carpenter ants) or myrmecine (like sidewalk ants) by a glance at the pedicel; but Tapinoma are in their own little group, Dolichoderinae. Their colonies are complex, fluid and ever-changing, with multiple queens and often multiple interconnected nests per colony. No wonder they’re hard to get rid of!
Ross will give a brief overview of myrmecology, ant myths, eusociality and ants as superorganisms, but most of the talk will cover the amazing world of those sugar-loving Tapinomas! Ross Halliday, who’s been a Scarabs member for over a year, has a Ph.D in entomology from the University of California and is currently Technical Director at Eastside Exterminators. Don’t miss his unique presentation!
July 24 – “Wasps & Bees: Fear and Loathing” by Evan Sugden
August 28 – “Pitcher Plants and their Insect Prey” by Winnie No.
September 25 – to be announced
October 23 – Monthly Meeting: Washington’s Humble Bumbles — by David Jennings
Across the US there are about 48 species of bumble bees. Twenty-four of these species can be found here in Washington. Field identification of bumble bees is harder than it might seem. Although it may appear easy enough, in practice it proves much more challenging. Not only do other insects try to look like bumble bees but different species of bumble bees in a given area tend to look like each other. To add more complexity, a given species may have as many as 17 different phenotypes. Bumbles also serve as a great gateway into our native bees and other pollinators.
Learn them, love them, protect them! Come learn about our native bumble bees, their behavior, ecology and related conservation issues. A major focus will be ID tips for some of our more common species.
David Jennings has an academic background in wildlife ecology and conservation. David is a board member of the WA Butterfly Association. David’s current conservation focus is on our native pollinators. He has spent much of the last three summers crossing our state and stalking Washington’s wild bumble bees.