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Friday, April 22, 2011

North Campus Insect Survey

Survey Fun

As mentioned in an earlier post New Fly for North Campus, we've been trapping insects on the North Campus for a while now. This week however, is a milestone for NHM as we held our first quarterly insect survey. Our aim was to go after the insects that our Malaise trap wasn't sampling, like large flying insects such as crane flies and bumble bees and ground dwelling insects like earwigs and beetles.  Since this was our first time and the site is still an active construction zone, we limited participation to NHM staff and partners. As the specimens get prepared and sorted, I'll keep you all up to date on the species we identify.

Brent "the bug guy" Karner demonstrates proper use of a
beating sheet to our USC partners.

Brian Brown showing off his aspirator (aka pooter) skills.
Look closely, I swear there's an insect there!

A common insect, but nonetheless an impressive catch.
Female carpenter bee in the genus Xylocopa

Special thanks to Cordell Corporation for allowing us to access the site.

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