The Society for Insect Studies Inc. is a non-profit organisation which meets at the Australian Museum, Sydney Australia, and consists of members dedicated to the promotion of the study of insects and related forms.

The Society achieves this by means of meetings, lectures, exhibits, excursions, publications and a general involvement with related organisations. The Society's motto Preserve the Habitat, reflects a major objective - the conservation of insects by habitat preservation. An annually elected council oversees the society's activities.

Upcoming Events

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 at 7.30 pm
Australian Museum


Noel Tait: If It Were Not For Velvet Worms There Be No Need For Entomologists

Onychophora is a small phylum of maybe 180 species. They are commonly referred to as peripatus, or velvet worms due to the texture of their skin.

Velvet worms are of significance in evolutionary studies, being widely considered as the sister group to arthropods. Their distribution is confined to land masses derived from the break up of Gondwana where they are all terrestrial but confined to moist microhabitats. They have a fascinating variety of reproductive strategies and famously catch their prey by shooting out jets of sticky slime.

The wonderful thing about velvet worms is that they are among the most elegant of all creatures and it gives me great pleasure to introduce them to others whenever I get the opportunity. I have always been fascinated by onychophorans since I was introduced to a living one in my undergraduate biology class in the late 1950’s. I did not begin research on them until 1980 but I have made up for this and they have remained my sole research interest until and beyond retirement in 2006. What a privilege!!!

** Also Show and Tell, and refreshments after the talk ***

PLEASE NOTE: Access to the building for the meeting is via the steps from William Street. If you require step-free access please phone Helen Smith on 0448 560 255 or Graham Owen on 0418 971 458, preferably PRIOR to the night.

General Meeting

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 at 7.30 pm
Australian Museum


Members Christmas Night

Members Night: please bring your stories from the year,

show and tell items and entomological miscellanea to entertain your fellow

Members and guests

Tonight also:

SFIS photo competition entries will be displayed—Members will vote for the Member’s Choice winner

and we will award the prizes.

Joe’s famous SFIS Christmas Raffle and all the other usual Christmas meeting festivities.

PLEASE NOTE: After hours access to the building is via the steps from William Street. If you require step-free access please phone Helen on 044 856 0255 or Graham on 0418 971 458 PRIOR to the night.