Otago Entomology Society


Otago Entomology Society welcomes anyone with an interest in insects, spiders or other invertebrates. Professionals, amateurs, students, juniors and senior citizens are all equally welcome!

Click on any image to learn more about that insect on iNaturalist.nz.

What We Do

The Otago Entomology Society meets at 5:30pm on the first Thursday of every month. Meetings are usually in the Benham seminar room in the Department of Zoology at the University of Otago, 340 Great King Street. Note that the electronic doors are locked from 5pm but a member of the group will be on hand to let you inside the building.

We host speakers on a range of topics, such as how to set up a Wikipedia page for your favourite insect; how to use iNaturalist to record your interesting insect finds and get involved in research; why wasps are important and how to monitor them.

We hold workshops to teach and practice insect identification skills, starting with how to tell a bug from a beetle and working up to using dichotomous keys to identify insects to species level. We provide microscopes, tweezers, sorting dishes and vials for use during workshops.

Otago Insects in Numbers


iNaturalist Observations on insects in Otago


species of insects and arachnids observed in Otago


Otago Entomology Society Members


Location in the world where you can find the Cromwell Chafer Beetle (spoiler – it’s in the Cromwell Chafer Reserve)

What insects have you found?

Check out this brochure with tips on how to upload your images and observations to iNaturalist. Adding your observations to iNaturalist will not only help you identify what you found, you’ll help scientists monitor insects!

Join us!

Contact otago.entomology@hotmail.com, check out out Facebook group, or simply fill out our membership form.

We meet 1st Thursday of the Month

Photo: our 2021 summer field trip to Brighton.