The MES usually holds its annual meeting in late spring or early summer. These meetings are fun gatherings for members of differing abilities, talents, interests, and educational backgrounds. Although short formal presentations are given, there is always ample opportunity for good conversation, comraderie, and a chance to share our knowledge. Depending on the location of the annual meeting, informal evening or day collecting trips are another enjoyable activity.

The Society also hosts various informal meetings and collecting trips as interest and time allows. A mid-winter "Breaking Diapause" party has been an effective way to break the winter doldrums and dream of days of summer breezes.

Breaking Diapause

Saturday, March 19, 2016

10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

University of Michigan Museums Complex

3600 Varsity Drive, Ann Arbor


Breaking Diapause, an annual gathering of entomologists to to celebrate the vernal equinox and share stories, will be held Saturday, March 19 at the new University of Michigan Museums Complex at Varsity Drive. Tours will be given of the new collections facility and the meeting will take place in our all-new presentation room. For those that attended the BD in 2013 at Varsity Drive, you will be amazed at the changes and upgrades of the new facility.
The Collections at Varsity Drive are located south of the intersection of State Street and I-94 (exit 177, State Street) at 3600 Varsity Drive, which houses collections for the UM Herbarium, Museum of Zoology, the Museum of Anthropology and the Museum of Paleontology.
Telephone 734-615-6200; Fax 734-998-0038
1) From State Street N - Go south on State Street; shortly after crossing I-94 take the round-about left onto Ellsworth Road; then after crossing the RR track, at the next traffic light, turn left onto Varsity Drive.
2) From I-94 to exit 177 (State Street). Go south on State Street to the round-about and turn left on Ellsworth Road; then after crossing the RR track, at the next traffic light, turn left onto Varsity Drive.

A governing board meeting will be held.



62nd Annual MES Meeting

June 10-12, 2016

Shanty Creek Resort, near Bellaire, MI


The 2016 MES annual conference will take place on 10-12 June 2016 at the Shanty Creek Resorts near Bellaire, Antrim County, MI. Shanty Creek is primarily a ski and golf resort covering over 4500 acres, with many conference room facilities, hotel rooms, and restaurants. Several rooms have been set aside for us at Shanty’s “Lakeview Hotel & Conference Center” in the section of the resort known as Summit Village, which overlooks Lake Bellaire. Mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Our featured speaker will be Dr. William Ravlin, Chair of the Entomology Department at Michigan State University. Bill came to MSU in 2014, after first working at Virginia Tech and most recently at Ohio State University. Bill is an avid insect photographer and that will be the topic of his talk: “Macrophotography: Entomology, Science, and Art”. The main meeting will occur on Saturday, June 11th, primarily in the morning and early afternoon. We will plan to have a student presentation competition, as well as a few group activities to take place before and after the conference (all activities can be done individually as well). For example, we could visit the new Grand Traverse Butterfly House & Bug Zoo in Williamsburg on Friday afternoon (see story p. 27). Then on Saturday afternoon, as part of the program, we could visit the Grass River Natural Area ( for a brief talk and tour. The GRNA is 1443 ac in size, with over 7 miles of trails and frontage on the Grass River that connects Lake Bellaire and Clam Lake. The GRNA welcomes insect collecting and would encourage MES member to conduct a BioBlitz some day. Other nearby sites of interest include the Jordan River (for a hike or canoe trip; , and/or the Antrim Creek Natural Area ). Shanty will allow insect collecting in parts of their property. Shanty will extend its conference pricing (currently $135 per night + tax) for 2 days on either side of the meeting for anyone who wishes to stay longer. Besides Shanty Creek, many other housing options are available in the area, including local motels, B&Bs, cottages, and campgrounds. Details will be provided later in 2016.

Click on the links below to download the meeting forms and information.

2016 Annual Meeting Registration

Motels and Campgrounds




last updated 4/27/2016