This are last day with the trap. We had found a spider made a web in the corner to catch fly’s but we had to move it.
I saw that there was a big spider in there today. There was also a big black fly. There were a lot of little tiny insects in the trap today. Our trap is in the back corner of our field, near the border fence and the trees. It was a really cold day this morning. But by lunch it was warm! Everyone everyday there are people who come to visit the trap and ask questions.
We had been expecting to find lots of Stinkbugs, considering every classroom in our school seems to have tons of them! So far, though, not a single one has made it into our Malaise trap. Talking with the Grade 5s today, we thought maybe our trap wasn’t cozy and warm enough for them in the shady forest spot we chose.
Today was our second day with the trap. There were lots of tiny bugs, and a couple of big ones. It was sunny today, but pretty cold. I saw a white spider, but I don’t know if it went into the trap. There’s a lot of grade threes and some Kindergartens who are interested in the trap. It’s really cool that our school got chosen to do the Malaise program!
A Malaise trap is a type of bug trap used by Entymologists For Research. They get bugs with it it is made up of black and white mesh bugs can’t see the black mesh but they fly to the white mesh into a hole in a canister of Ethanol the fumes of Ethanol puts the bugs to sleep and preserves their bodies.
Ms. Harrison’s Grade 4 class put up the trap at 9am yesterday! It was a cool 8 degrees and dewey. At recess and lunch, Austin and Grace explained the trap to the students who came to check it out. As they explained the trap, they gave out the bookmarks. Students were interested to know that all those coloured lines were the DNA barcode for insects! Six bugs had found their way in by lunchtime, even though we were all gathered around the trap.
Columbia Park Elementary will be participating in the School Malaise Trap program this year. Looking forward to sharing details with our staff and students and parents!