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2017 Quimby F. Hess Lecture: Making Insects: A guide to restoring the little things that run the world

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Making Insects: A guide to restoring the little things that run the world

The Brown-hooded Owlet (Cucullia convexipennis). Photo courtesy Antonia Guidotti.

What’s more alarming than the fact that insect populations have declined by 45% globally since 1974? That we don’t seem to care, despite the fact that a world without insects is a world without humans! At this critical stage, we must explore how we can build landscapes that support the pollinators, herbivores, detritivores, predators and parasitoids that run the ecosystems we so heavily depend on. Join Douglas Tallamy for a reminder of the many essential roles insects play, and the simple changes we must make in our landscapes and our attitudes to keep insects on the ground, in the air and yes, on our plants.

Speaker: Douglas Tallamy

Doug Tallamy is currently professor and chair of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, where he has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, and other subjects. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities.  Doug won the Silver Medal from the Garden Writer's Association for his book, Bringing Nature Home.

ASL Interpretation provided.

Reception for TEA members to follow.

Program Partner: Toronto Entomologists' Association

The Annual Quimby F. Hess Lecture
The late Quimby F. Hess had a lifelong passion: the study, collection, and conservation of insects. Quimby was a member of the Toronto Entomologists' Association (TEA) for over 40 years. The Annual Quimby F. Hess Lecture is made possible by the generous support of Quimby Hess’s children, Robert Hess and Jane Hess. This illustrated talk will take you further into the minutely detailed realm of these often-complained-about yet essential creatures than you ever thought possible!

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Date & Time

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre
Level 1B

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