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Eighth Annual Quimby F. Hess Lecture – ARACHNOPHOBES TO ARACHNOPHILES: FRIENDLY SPIDERS IN YOUR HOUSE, GARDENS AND PARKS
December 1 @ 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Saturday, December 1, 2018. 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm. Eighth Annual Quimby F. Hess Lecture. Royal Ontario Museum Theatre.
ARACHNOPHOBES TO ARACHNOPHILES: FRIENDLY SPIDERS IN YOUR HOUSE, GARDENS AND PARKS
This event is free but you must pre-register. Please RSVP as “Public” (unless you have a ROM membership). A reception for TEA members and the Hess family will follow the lecture. Entrance will be through the group entrance of the ROM.
Explore the natural history of spiders you might find in your basement, backyard, or local forest, and clear up some of the myths about one of the world’s most misunderstood creatures. With over 40,000 known species, spiders are among the most diverse animals on the planet and occupy virtually all habitable regions of the planet, from the rainforests of Panama to the slopes of Mount Everest. While they are loathed by many and often thought of as deadly, venomous creatures, spiders are essential for ecosystems and help us in immense ways, such as eating crop pests and providing food for highly valued wildlife. Presenting some fascinating spiders facts, including their ability to balloon up into the atmosphere and their unique and diverse uses of silk, this lecture may just help arachnophobes become arachnophiles.
Chris Buddle is a Professor of Entomology and Dean of Students at McGill University, where he has worked since 2002. His research has been focused on the biodiversity and natural history of insects and spiders, and he has studied these amazing animals in tree canopies, agricultural fields, and for the past decade, in Arctic Canada. Chris has published close to 100 scientific papers, has received national awards for his research and teaching, and is deeply committed to sharing knowledge about insects and spiders. This year, Chris, along with co-author Dr. Eleanor Spicer Rice (an entomologist and writer from North Carolina) has published a book on common spiders which contains the stories of some of the spiders you would encounter in your house, garden, or local park.
Quimby F. Hess was a TEA president and a member of the TEA for over 40 years. This lecture is sponsored in his memory by his children Jane and Robert Hess and their respective spouses Laura and John. The public are invited. A member of Quimby Hess’ family will say a few words about his life.