CRAFT COMPETITION

Are you creative ? Are you a member of WAISS (or about to join).

If so, make an insect out of any medium and bring it to the next meeting.

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION WINNERS

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 WAISS Photography Competition.

Scientific Category

First Prize: Dragonfly metamorphosis by Karen Cullen

This stunning image was a deserving winner. Possibly Hemianax papuensis (Australian Emperor), based on the exoskeleton. Taken at 11pm at Herdsman Lake.

Second Prize: Clouded coachman family by Margaret Owen

A great find, well captured. Both the male and female Anestia ombrophanes together, with the female laying eggs. Taken in September 2020.

Third Prize: Native Bee by Kerry Stuart

Euhesma (Euhesma) tubulifera. Belonging to the family Colletidae. Photographed on Calothamnus sp. (One-sided bottle-brush) in Creyk Park, Kelmscott. The bee has a long “drinking straw” proboscis which it is inserting between the tightly packed stamen bundles (thanks to Terry Houston for this information).

Artistic Category

First Prize: Life and Death by Norm Pinsky

This amazing image of a damselfly trapped in a Drosera won the Artistic competition

Second Prize: Katydid by Terry Houston

I love the colours in this photo of Tinzeda sp; photographed in November on the margin of Lake Grace among flowers of a Frankenia sp.

Third Prize: Cicada by Kerry Stuart

Kobonga umbrimargo on Acacia pulchella (prickly moses) in Creyk Park, Kelmscott.

Phone Category

First Prize: Rifle bug by Daniel Heald

Microvelia sp. also known as a small water Strider (Veliidae). This is only 2mm long and standing on and reflected in water at Ambergate Reserve south of Busselton. Daniel has done well to capture this tiny, moving insect and to be able to enlarge it to fill the frame of the photo.

Second Prize: Hoverflies by Lachie Perry

Mating Simosyrphus grandicornis on avocado farm in Busselton. These pollinators were out in huge numbers this year.

Third Prize: Lynx spider by Lachie Perry

Hiding in an Acacia waiting for a meal.

2021 WA Insect Study Society Photo Competition

Avocado Pollination by Melangyna viridiceps. Photo by Sue Jaggar.

The annual WAISS photo competition is on again in 2021.

Members of WAISS are most welcome to enter. If you are not currently a member, you are most welcome to join.

Membership details and forms can be found at https://waiss.org/join/, prizes and rules are outlined below, and if you require further information please feel free to contact the Secretary or Treasurer.

WAISS Photography Competition 2020-2021 Prizes and Rules :

Entries close at midnight on Sunday 31 January 2021

The total prize pool will be $350 across four categories, with an additional honorable mention.

Prizes in adult categories will be $50, $30, and $20 for first, second, and third. Prizes in the junior category will be $25, $15, and $10.

Categories are:
* Composition/Art
* Subject/Scientific Interest
* Phone
* Junior

Entry is open to WAISS members.

Photographs must be the work of the member submitting them.

Photographs must be of Western Australian invertebrates.

Photographs should be submitted at the largest file size and resolution possible.

Entrants for phone and junior categories should point out their eligibility.

Entrants for the subject category should point out the scientific significance of the subject.

Senior entries will automatically be considered for multiple categories if appropriate, but each photo may only win one prize.

Criteria for judgement may include artistic merit, scientific notability, best portrait, best action shot, etc.

Composite photographs are permitted.

A maximum of three (3) photographs per entrant will be accepted.

Please include details of where each photo was taken, species if known, and label each photo/file with your name.

Please submit photos in .jpg format via email to waisspresident@gmail.com by the 31 January 2021

2020 WA Insect Study Society Photo Competition

The annual WAISS photo competition has been underway for over a month. Entry closes soon!

Members of WAISS are most welcome to enter. If you are not currently a member, you are most welcome to join.

Membership details and forms can be found at https://waiss.org/join/, prizes and rules are outlined below, and if you require further information please feel free to contact the Secretary or Treasurer.

WAISS Photography Competition 2019-2020 Prizes and Rules :

Entries close at midnight on the Wednesday February 5 2020.

The total prize pool will be $350 across four categories, with an additional honorable mention and free year’s membership in each category.

Prizes in adult categories will be $50, $30, and $20 for first, second, and third. Prizes in the junior category will be $25, $15, and $10.

Categories –
Composition/Art
Subject/Scientific Interest
Phone
Junior

Entry is open to WAISS members.

Photographs must be the work of the member submitting them.

Photographs must be of Western Australian invertebrates.

Photographs should be submitted at the largest file size and resolution possible.

Entrants for phone and junior categories should point out their eligibility.

Entrants for the subject category should point out the scientific significance of the subject.

Senior entries will automatically be considered for multiple categories if appropriate, but each photo may only win one prize.

Criteria for judgement may include artistic merit, scientific notability, best portrait, best action shot, etc.

Composite photographs are permitted.

A maximum of three (3) photographs per entrant will be accepted.

Please include details of where each photo was taken, species if known, and label each photo/file with your name.

Please submit photos in .jpg format via email to secretary.waiss@gmail.com by the fifth of February.

New – The Atlas of Butterflies and Diurnal Moths in the Monsoon Tropics of Northern Australia.

Authored by M.F. Braby, D.C. Franklin, D.E Bisa, M.R Williams, A.A.E Williams, C.L. Bishop, R.A.M. Coppen.


Pale Swallowtail, Graphium euryplus, photo by A.S. Kono, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

New from (amongst others) WAISS Members Dr Matthew and Andrew Williams, The Atlas of Butterflies and Diurnal Moths in the Monsoon Tropics of Northern Australia is a beautiful and thoroughly researched new book documenting the distribution, phenology and host plants of the butterflies in this vast region of northern Australia. This region is significant for biodiversity conservation because it supports high levels of species richness and endemism – range-restricted taxa that are not represented elsewhere in Australia. However, current knowledge is based almost entirely on vertebrates and there have been no previous detailed studies examining patterns of biodiversity of invertebrates. Moreover, the region is under increasing pressure for development and exploitation of its natural wealth by the expanding agricultural and mining sectors. Hence, there is an urgent need for a holistic approach to identify its biological assets and inform policy and conservation management agencies. This new book addresses this lack of knowledge for a flagship group of invertebrates, the butterflies and day-flying moths.

Available now in print or free electronic form from ANU Press.

2019 WAISS Photo Competition

The annual WAISS photo competition is already off to a flying start! Entries are flooding in from near and far! The judges are awestruck by artistic beauty, scientific interest, and incredible things that can be done with mobile phones! They are tugging their beards and muttering at each other! Word on the street is that even 16 prizes might not be enough! 🙂

Members of WAISS are most welcome to enter, if you’re not currently a member, membership details and forms can be found at https://waiss.org/join/ , prizes and rules are outlined below, and if you require further information, feel free to contact the President, Secretary, or Treasurer.

WAISS Photography Competition 2018-19 Prizes and Rules :

The total prize pool will be $350, with an additional honorable mention and free year’s membership in each category.

Prizes in adult categories will be $50, $30, and $20 for first, second, and third. Prizes in the junior category will be $25, $15, and $10.

Categories –
Composition/Art
Subject/Scientific Interest
Phone
Junior

Entry is open to WAISS members.

Photographs must be the work of the member submitting them.

Photographs must be of Western Australian insects.

Photographs should be submitted at the largest file size and resolution possible.

Entrants for phone and junior categories should point out their eligibility.

Entrants for the subject category should point out the scientific significance of the subject.

Senior entries will automatically be considered for multiple categories if appropriate, but each photo may only win one prize.

Criteria for judgement may include artistic merit, scientific notability, best portrait, best action shot, etc.

Composite photos are permitted.

A maximum of 3 photographs per entrant will be accepted.

Please submit photos in .jpg format via email to waisspresident@gmail.com by 31 January.

Please include details of where each photo was taken, species if known, and label each photo/file with your name.

Updating Constitution

Special Resolution at August 2018 AGM

To comply with the requirements of the new Associations Incorporation Act 2015, there were 19 items that need to be included in the rules (constitution) of all associations. The deadline for incorporated associations and clubs to update the rules to meet the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 requirements is 30 June 2019. To help incorporated associations with this task, a set of model rules was developed (https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/publications/model-rules-associations-2016).

The WAISS Committee has drafted a revised constitution that largely adopted the model rules, with consideration given to the current constitution and needs of the Society. Amendments to the model rules include the classes of membership, membership applications, office holders, nomination of committee members, notice of general meetings, and quorums. Due to the length of the draft constitution (32 pages), copies of the current and draft constitution will be emailed to all members who have provided WAISS with an email address, or may be downloaded here:

Download Proposed updated constitution

At the AGM in August 2018, attending members will be asked to pass a Special Resolution to ratify the new constitution. We respectfully request that members review the draft constitution ahead of the AGM, so it may be voted on in a timely fashion. Please contact Kylie (treasurer.waiss@gmail.com) should you have any queries.

For comparison, a copy of our current constitution can be downloaded here.

We hope you can join us at the AGM on Wednesday 8th of August, 7:30pm at the Kings Park Administration building.