July 22 - July 26 • Rio Rico, Arizona

Hosted by

The Terrestrial Invertebrate Taxon Advisory Group

Thank you to our Platinum and Keynote Level Sponsors:


Preliminary program subject to change
July 22
9:00am - 4:00pm
TITAG Meeting and Partula Snail Workshop
2:00 - 6:00pm
6:00 - 9:00pm

July 23
6:30 - 8:30am
1:00 - 5:30pm
FIELD TRIPS - Pre-registration required

Oklahoma! Where the bugs crawl and fly across the plain!, Led by Doug Taron

We’re not really going to Oklahoma, but our travels will take us east of Rio Rico and will include the San Rafael Valley where the 1955 movie version of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical was filmed. Our route will cross riparian areas, desert hill, and grasslands. Butterflies! Tiger Beetles! Painted Grasshoppers! Velvet Ants! Dung Beetles! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. It’s a critics’ favorite! It’s also a beautiful time to see the diverse invertebrate fauna of southeast Arizona. Car caravan, responsible collecting allowed.


Southwest Swing-N-Sweat, Led by Zack Lemann

Nothing compares to looking for bugs in southeastern Arizona’s diverse and gorgeous landscape once monsoon season starts. Whether it’s your first time to the area or you’re an old han…er, tarsus, the lure of finding the large and the lovely among the shrubs and spines is ever so strong. Come learn why the canyons and deserts of this land have such ardent devotees; explore, collect, chat with other bug geeks. Could you have a better day?!


Arizona Photo Safari, Led by Chip Hedgcock

Interested in spending a day out in the beautiful Arizona desert with award winning photographer Chip Hedgcock? If so then this is the field trip for you! Join Chip on this full day field trip where you will search for invertebrates and capture them with your camera. Chip will be offering photography tips and tricks of the trade during the field trip.

5:30 - 9:00pm
Welcome, Keynote Presentation, and Reception

Patrick Honan is Manager of Live Exhibits at Museum Victoria, in Melbourne, Australia. He has more than 25 years experience working in invertebrate research and husbandry at Monash University, Melbourne Zoo and the Department of Environment, with a focus on conservation and community programs. He has published several books and scientific papers on invertebrates, contributes regularly to the Australian and international media, and was inaugural Convener of the Australasian TITAG. Patrick is currently President of the Victorian Entomological Society.

As the IECC 2014 keynote speaker, Patrick will be sharing his experiences working with the critically endangered Lord Howe Island stick insect. The insect's rediscovery after more than eighty years and the development of a conservation program to ensure its future are just a couple of highlights from his presentation, "Lessons from the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect - Using single species conservation to convert the community".

Thank you to our Gold Level Sponsor:

July 24
7:00am - 4:00pm
Silent Auction
7:00am - 4:00pm
Registration and Exhibits -- Registration may close during paper sessions and lunch.
Welcome and Announcements
8:10 - 9:50am
Crowd Science Central

Louise Lynch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Bumble Boosters: Engaging citizen scientists in pollinator research and conservation

Doug Golick, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Pollination to Plate: Teaching Pollination Systems Knowledge Through a Mobile App

Patrick Honan, Museum Victoria
Bioscans: Connecting keepers, wilderness and the community

Nathan Brockman, Iowa State University's Reiman Gardens
Unified Butterfly Recorder:A New Take on a Standard Practice

Doug Taron, Chicago Academy of Sciences
Butterfly Monitoring: Twenty-five Years of Citizen Science in Illinois and Beyond

9:50 - 10:10am
Announcements and Break -- Please visit the Exhibit Hall!
10:10 - 11:50am
Happy Snails to You

Bob Merz, St. Louis Zoo
The Tahitian Shell Game

Stuart Wells, Phoenix Zoo
Chronicles of ex situ Springsnail Management at Phoenix Zoo’s Conservation Center

Cody Gilbertson, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Developing captive ex situ populations of the endangered Chittenango ovate amber snail Novisuccinea chittenangoensis (Succineidae: Pulmonata: Mollusca): for population augmentation in New York State

Glennon Frei, St. Louis Zoo
AZA and TITAG: How’d I get here, what am I doing and where am I going?

Stuart Wells, Phoenix Zoo
Growing Mussels in the Desert

COMPLIMENTARY lunch provided in the restaurant for conference participants
1:30 - 5:30pm
Forensic Entomology -- Led by David Faulkner, Forensic Entomology Services

Forensic Entomology applies the study of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, primarily insects, to the criminal justice system to assist in answering questions relating to death investigations. This short course will cover both civil and criminal cases and present a number of actual instances where insects were used to determine a minimum Postmortem Interval (PMI), movement of a body following death, and condition of a victim after death. The remainder of the workshop involves the processing of a "crime scene," collection and processing of evidence, and the identification of insects gathered. Finally, a rough postmortem interval will be established that will give a minimum time for the initial insect infestation on the body. Materials for the class will be supplied, although personal insect collecting equipment may be used. A fun and educational time will be had by all, except for the "victim."
FIELD TRIPS - Pre-registration required.
1:30 - 8:00pm
Border Bugs, Led by Jim Melli

Just north of the border are the beautiful and mysterious Pajarito Mountains. The diversity of habitats, unusual plant and animal life and spectacular scenery make this a special place to hunt for bugs. We will travel Ruby Road, stopping here and there to sample for bugs and whatever else we can find. We may see exotic Mexican species that are rare on our side of the border. If we are in the mood, we can set up a Bioquip black light at dusk, kick back and see what comes in.
7:00 - 11:00pm
Nightlights...not just for Kids anymore!, Led by Mark Deering

Like Bugs...Bugs that stalk the night? Then this trip is for you! We will be venturing out into some of North Americas richest arthropod habitats in search of great critters. Some we will find at the lights, some on the roads and some on the vegetation. This trip will encompass two stops with lights set to attract insects, participants can also look about for nocturnal arthropods roaming about. Expect some fantastic beetles, moths, centipedes, tarantulas, scorpions, solpugids and more! Bring a good flashlight and your enthusiasm....we'll do the rest! Collecting will be allowed, but it is always a good idea to show off your catch before bagging.
1:30 - 3:30pm
The workers in the hive: the use and training of staff in invertebrate collections

Due to unforseen circumstances this roundtable has been canceled.
Meet Poolside, pick teams and test your entomology knowledge

Thank you to our Silver Level, Workshop, and Ice Breaker Sponsors:

July 25
7:00am - 4:00pm
Silent Auction
7:00am - 4:00pm
Registration and Exhibits -- Registration may close during paper sessions and lunch.
Welcome and Announcements
8:10 - 9:30am
Husbandry and Natural History: First Instar

Ester Chang, San Diego Zoo
Raising Dragons: Managed care and breeding of the dragon-headed katydid (Lesina intermedia) at the San Diego Zoo

Bob Merz, St. Louis Zoo
Conclusions from Three Feeding Studies on Two Mantid Species, Popa spurca and Tenodera aridifolia

Ray Mendez, Work as Play
Naturalist Butterfly Feeders at the Philadelphia Zoo

Sue Andersen, Woodland Park Zoo
Captive Breeding and Husbandry of The Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Nephila inaurata madagascariensis) at Woodland Park Zoo

9:30 - 9:50am
Announcements and Break -- Please visit the Exhibit Hall!
9:50 - 10:40am
Husbandry and Natural History: Second Instar

Lauren Williamson, Cockrell Butterfly Center
Screwing up equals smartening up: Starting an in-house rearing program at the Cockrell Butterfly Center

Sarah Jenkins, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Captive Management and Reintroduction of the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle, Cicindela nevadica lincolniana (COLEOPTERA:CARABIDAE) at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Zack Lemann, Audubon Butterfly Garden Insectarium
Velvet Ants: A Quick Overview of Nature's Fuzziest Wasps (short)

10:40 - 11:00am
Announcements and Break -- Please visit the Exhibit Hall!
USDA Roundtable
With Wayne Wehling, PhD, Senior Entomologist with USDA APHIS PPQ Pest Permitting Branch
COMPLIMENTARY lunch provided in the restaurant for conference participants
1:30 - 4:30pm

Close Quarters: Invertebrate husbandry and exhibition (Part I)
-- Led by Jim Melli, Paige Howorth, Ester Chang: San Diego Natural History Museum and San Diego Zoo.

The Terrestrial Invertebrate Taxon Advisory Group (TITAG) is a trusted resource for invertebrate exhibitry, and this workshop will take an in-depth look at exhibition styles and potential display fabrication. Over two days and five hours, we will cover tips and tricks for exhibition, including fabrication of enclosures and “furniture”, and selection of lighting and plants. An extensive list of resources that will encourage further development of these skills, as well as purchasing options, will be explored.

If you sign up for Part I you are encouraged to also sign up for Part II as it will be a continuation of the first workshop

1:30 - 4:30PM
No Small Matter: Getting involved in invertebrate conservation
-- Led by Mitch Magdich, Lou Perrotti: Toledo Zoo and Roger Williams Park Zoo

For many invertebrate programs at zoos, universities and other organizations, a local or regional conservation program can really connect communities to their own backyards. Indeed, invertebrate conservation programs have the potential to bring more interest to poorly-understood taxa, while having a significant impact on species survival. Program development and implementation have several factors with which to contend, however; chief among them funding, labor and space. This workshop will cover the dynamics of existing invertebrate conservation programs overseen by the Terrestrial Invertebrate Taxon Advisory Group (TITAG), and explore opportunities in need of attention and ways to get involved.
Black Light Adventure TBD

Thank you to our Bronze Level, and Beverage Service Sponsors:

July 26
7:00am - 1:00pm
Silent Auction
7:00am - 1:00pm
Registration and Exhibits -- Registration may close during paper sessions and lunch.
Welcome and Announcements
8:10 - 9:30am
All About IABES

Lauren Williamson, Cockrell Butterfly Center
IABES: Past, Present, and Future

Enzo Moretto, Butterfly Arc
The possible last flight of the Monarchs

Michael Weismann and Richard Cowan, Kallima Consultants, Inc. and LPS LLC
Butterfly Imports into the USA: What a Difference a Decade Makes.

IABES Panel Discussion

9:30 - 9:50am
Announcements and Break -- Please visit the Exhibit Hall!
Pollinators Teach and Other Outreach

Erin Ingram, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Bees Behind Bars: Vocational Beekeeping Training in Prisons

Ron Wagler, The University of Texas at El Paso
Preservice Middle School Science Teacher’s Attitudes and Beliefs toward Biologically Diverse Animals

Ed Spevak, St. Louis Zoo
The Center for Native Pollinator Conservation: One Zoo's Journey Around the World with Native Bees

Kevin Burls, Nevada Bugs and Butterflies
Nevada Bugs and Butterflies: Celebrating the invertebrate diversity of the Great Basin and Sierras

Karen Verderame, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Bug Fest: The Rise of an Infestival!

Jamie Sincage, Disney's Animal Kingdom
A Pollinator Celebration! Telling the story of pollinators at Disney's Animal Kingdom (short)

1:00 - 3:00pm

Close Quarters: Invertebrate husbandry and exhibition (Part II)
Please do not sign up for Part II unless you also are registering for Part I

1:00 - 3:00pm
Special Husbandry Session
-- Led by Erin Mills, Sue Andersen, Ray Mendez, Jessica Sutherland: Cockrell Butterfly Center, Woodland park Zoo, Work as Play, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Topics: Giant long legged katydids, ants, giant African millipedes, Nephila spiders
Final Silent Auction bids, Cash Bar and Banquet
Dancing until...?

All Week
The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Phoenix Zoo, Reid Park Zoo, Tucson Botanical Garden and Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, AZ will be offering free admission to conference registrants (conference name badges will need to be shown for entrance). THANK YOU!