Next SWIFFT seminar

Theme: Native Bees, Wasps and Ants

Time to think about the small things in life and gain a better understanding of these insects, their role and conservation status.

Thursday 4th April 2019
9.45 am (sharp) -  finish 12.15 pm
Registration required (this is a free event).

There are two ways to participate in the SWIFFT seminar:

  1. Attend in person at one of the 19 locations across Victoria. Register to attend in person here.
  2. Join in on-line Via Zoom video conferencing. Register to join via Zoom here.

(Note: after registering to join via Zoom you will receive a link which will enable you to access the seminar. If you have never used Zoom before you will be asked to download the Zoom program to your computer. You will also receive an e-mail confirmation from Engage Grampians with link to Zoom which can be used on the day). It is recommended you test accessing the seminar and test the audio prior to the session.


SWIFFT Seminar venues 


Ants tending to butterfly larvae Source:Enviro imagesNotoncus sp. of ants. are essential in attending to the larval phase of the Eltham Copper Butterly.



1. Introductions  (9.45 am sharp)

This seminar will be chaired by Glen Johnson from Wodonga DELWP.



2. Topics & Guest speakers (10.00 am) 
‘Hymenoptera of Australia’

Dr Ken Walker, Museums Victoria

Ken will introduce the Order Hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants), provide an overview of their role, highlight the fascinating world of social insects, discuss threats to their security; and how we can better understand these insects through citizen science.

‘Native Australian Bees’

Dr Ken Walker, Museums Victoria

To some, the introduced European Honeybee is the only bee they know. Ken will provide fascinating insights into our unique Australian bees as well as the introduction of honey bees.

‘Why you should love wasps: An introduction to Australian native parasitoid wasps’

Erinn Fagan-Jeffries, PhD student, University of Adelaide

Erinn will tell us about common groups of wasps in our environment and her research on wasps that parasitise caterpillars.  Learn also about how new technologies are helping with the discovery of species.

‘Ants as Environmental Ambassadors’

Peter Muller

Peter is a naturalist passionate about getting people interested in ‘common bushland ants’ and how this helps communities to see value in nature.

‘The Wild Pollinator Count’

Karen Retra, co-founder of The Wild Pollinator Count, environmental educator and keen citizen scientist

Karen is a co-founder of the Wild Pollinator Count, a national citizen science project that aims to raise awareness of native pollinator insects. Learn how to get involved.



3. Open discussion session (12.00pm - 12.15pm)

This will be an open discussion and question segment.  Participants at all venues are welcome to raise issues relating to the video conference theme or other threatened species issues.

A short allocation of time will also be devoted to other items of interest which people may wish to raise.


Attending in person ? List of SWIFFT sminar venues (please advise the venue host of your attendance).

Register to attend a location in person

Register to join in via  Zoom video conferencing  

Please note: if you are intending to view via zoom the connection link will be e-mailed to you once you have registered. If you have never used Zoom before you will be asked to download the Zoom program to your computer.



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