I’m glad I checked the trap when I did; otherwise I would have been looking at a kite instead! Not nearly as many specimens in the jar as last Tuesday. Sounds like we’re not the only ones experiencing low numbers this week. It’ll be interesting to see what effect the rain will have.
This week there were not a lot of insects in the container. The bugs that were in there were very small. We think that the Malaise Trap is a very interesting experiment and are excited to be participating in it. We do feel that it is not entirely accurate because the results will vary depending on the placement and weather.
– Hannah, Hannah, Ethan
Today we saw that the trap is still undisturbed and a wide variety of insects have fallen into the trap even though it is only the second day. We were even lucky enough to see a bug fall into the trap!
– Ezra, Emma and Kali
The day that we went out, it was raining rather hard, so moisture levels were high. The first thing we did was check the tent and the ethanol bottle. The amount of bugs was very limited. In fact, we saw almost NO bugs. Then, we took pictures of the trap and the surrounding area.
– Julia, Julia and Tavaughn
The weather for our first day of week two saw us go out with umbrellas. The temperature has definately dropped and it’s feeling a lot like fall. 16 degrees, 74% humidity, 100% cloud cover. It was raining so hard we didn’t take out our camera! Interested to see what impact that may have on our catch rate for tomorrow!!
On Friday our class had a very good catch, we caught between 35 and 40 bugs! There were no disturbances to our trap. It was windy and cold, that was the only downside. But it didn’t seem to impact our catch! We continue to work together taking turns recording, measuring taking pictures, blogging and tweeting!
Today is the beginning of week 2. We have just replaced the bottle in the trap. The day is very miserable. It is raining lightly and overcast. The trap is under the tree which means it’s dry. More bugs might be caught because they will want to stay dry and go under the tree where the trap is. – Jamie, Sophie and Noelle
We went out in light rain to attache the bottle with ethanol today. We took pictures and stared to head inside. We just made it in before it started to pour rain!
– Ethan, James and William
Day three went well other than that we needed to move a peg because the trap was lops-sided. Weather was steady at 26oC and was pretty cloudy at 80% cover. We caught roughly 25 insects. The trap was not disturbed, but the tape was messed with.