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Public Talk: Presenter Dr Peter McQuillan

1 November

What caterpillar is that?

Dr Peter McQuillan will provide an overview of the characteristics of caterpillars and similar looking larvae as well as a sneek preview of a proposed phone app. This talk will be a ticketed event with catering provided. Further details to be advised.


About Dr Peter McQuillan:

Dr Peter McQuillan grew up in Adelaide and was a regular visitor to the South Australian Museum entomology section from a young age. He was always passionate about insects, including micro-moths,

After graduating in agricultural science from the University of Adelaide, he followed a career of entomology in Tasmania, and, until recently, was a Senior Lecturer in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania, teaching biogeography and environmental studies.

Peter’s research interests include pollination and herbivory, invasive species management, and the distribution of insects. He is especially interested in invertebrates as indicators of environmental change. His studies have involved moths, beetles and ants, and he has made a substantial contribution to the conservation and systematics of Lepidoptera and Coleoptera. He is a strong advocate for the conservation of invertebrate communities and their function.

In 2019, he was senior author of the BCSA-produced book ‘Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of southern Australia’.

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1 November


Gerry Butler
0407 972 149