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.
May 22, or maybe a weekend day
Field meeting to ponds in Canyon Park with Scarab Collman
“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!
Topic to be announced.