Fall 2014 Meeting Recap

Our 2014 fall meeting was held on Saturday, November 1st on the UW-Madison campus.  Attendance was good and nearly two dozen members and friends of WES showed up to participate.  Highlights of the meeting included a “teaser” presentation by Kyle Johnson regarding his 2-month long collecting trip to Alaska during the summer of 2014 (a full presentation has been promised for spring 2015), a presentation by Susan Borkin on the current status and conservation effort for the Poweshiek Skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek), and our annual photo salon competition.

As always, we had a number of excellent photographs submitted to the annual photo salon competition.  Third place went to Nancy Collins for her photograph of a Forbes’ tree cricket (Oecanthus forbesi) on a flower with a paper wasp (Polistes sp.).  In second place was Kyle Johnson with a photograph of the Fawn Sallow (Psaphida styracis).  Karl and Dorothy Legler submitted the first place photograph of a Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor), which was reared and released into their yard this past summer.

Pipevine Swallowtail released in yard by Karl & Dorothy Legler

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus styracis) released in yard; Karl & Dorothy Legler; 1st Place

Fawn Sallow (Psaphida styracis) resting on oak leaf; Kyle Johnson; 2nd Place

Fawn Sallow (Psaphida styracis) resting on oak leaf; Kyle Johnson; 2nd Place

Forbes' Tree Cricket (Oecanthus forbesi) flirting with Polistes wasp; Nancy Collins; 3rd Place

Forbes’ Tree Cricket (Oecanthus forbesi) flirting with Polistes wasp; Nancy Collins; 3rd Place