About the Society

The Kansas Entomological Society
The Central States Entomological Society

The Society goes by both of the above names.

It provides a forum for entomologists and welcomes as members all persons interested in insects or other terrestrial arthropods, their ecology, behavior, systematics, physiology, control, conservation, etc.

The Society was established in 1928, and produces a quarterly publication, the Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society that contains papers by local authors as well as by persons from many other parts of the world.

The Society holds annual meetings in Kansas or nearby states, at which students as well as established entomologists present results of their research or reviews of topics of interest. There are no concurrent sessions! Thus interactions among individuals and their diverse disciplines are fostered.

The 95th Annual Meeting of
the Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society

On March 29-30, 2019, we will be celebrating the 95th annual meeting of the Kansas Entomological Society on the Johnson County Community College Campus in Overland Park, Kansas. This meeting will be a joint meeting with the Kansas Academy of Science, which will be celebrating its 151th Annual Meeting. The keynote speaker is Dr. Kasey Fowler-Finn, an evolutionary biologist from Saint Louis University. Her research specialty focuses on the evolution of insect and arachnid communication. Dr. Fowler-Finn will give the keynote address Friday evening March 29th entitled “Good vibrations: the (not so) secret world of insect vibrational communication.”

This two-day meeting provides an excellent opportunity for scientists of many disciplines and at all levels, especially including undergraduates, to share scientific discoveries with one another formally in both poster and oral presentations, as well as informally during our field trips and social time. Further meeting details will be announced in November with the online registration and abstract submission information available early in February 2019.

Abstracts are required for both oral and poster presentations. Abstracts are limited to 250 words, excluding title, authors and affiliations. Student contributions will be judged and prizes will be awarded for the top three oral and poster presentations in the undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. categories.

Questions regarding the meeting should be addressed to Mark LaBarge, KAS organizing co-chair (mlabarge@jccc.edu), or Bob Hagen for the KES (rhagen@ku.edu).



The Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society (JKES) is presently calling for papers in all areas of entomology.  JKES is a peer-reviewed journal with particular interest in the Central States but also has a national and international out-reach.  JKES publishes high-quality articles, in English, in all areas of entomology.  The Journal welcomes submissions of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence.  Research papers and short communications are the most common submissions but scientific notes and checklists as well as book reviews are considered. A cover letter with names, email addresses and affiliations of three possible reviewers as well as a declaration that the prospective manuscript is original and has not been published before nor is under consideration by another publisher.

The Journal will be transitioning to an online submission process soon so please check the web site for details.  Please address questions to the editor at journalkansasentsoc@gmail.com and visit our web site at http://kes.allenpress.com/kes/HOME.aspx for more information.




Kansas Entomological Society

  • 810 E. 10th St.
  • Lawrence, KS 66044, U.S.A.

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