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First Day Media Blitz!


We had a great media day for Stayner Collegiate Institute on our first day of trapping.  K.C. Colby came by from CTV Barrie to interview Ms. Ellerby (Principal), Mr. Mcnea and Mr. Gibson (Teachers) and Jasmine Giles and Jordan Carruthers (Students) about the program, and all of the classes involved came out to watch.

We also had Jessica Kukac from the Simcoe County District School Board here in the morning posting some snippets on social media.

The insects are starting to collect already!

Lorne Park’s Malaise Trap

Lorne Park Public School is really excited to have found the perfect location for our Malaise Trap! It’s located in our newly created “no-mow zone.” We have a hard working and inquisitive group of kid-scientists who can’t wait to discover the variety of insects that will be collected in the trap. We’re really looking forward to Monday’s official start!

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All set to go at Riverwood!

This morning at The Riverwood Conservancy, elementary instructor Alison, and teaching intern Theresa set up the Malaise Trap near the historic Chappell House. The chosen site is surrounded by forsythia, oak, beech, pine, and a beautiful Carolinian garden. We are excited to get the jar set up next week and see what we catch!



Congratulations to our 2015 Spring School Malaise Trap Program Participants!

Thank you to all who applied for this Spring’s 2015 version of the School Malaise Trap Program! This year, we received an overwhelming amount of applicants to the program (224 schools) from across Canada. We are thrilled with this response, and as such we hope to be able to increase the Fall 2015 program’s capacity to meet demand. It is because of your continued enthusiasm and support of the program that we have become so successful.

We are pleased to announce the following 64 schools and 6 reference sites have been accepted into the 2015 Spring School Malaise Trap Program. Congratulations to all!

2015 Spring School Malaise Trap Program Participants:

School Province
École Agnes Davidson Elementary School AB
Evergreen Elementary School AB
J.H. Picard AB
New Horizons School AB
Slave Lake Koinonia Christian School AB
Spruce View School AB
Cameron Elementary School BC
Charles Hays Secondary School BC
Citadel Middle School BC
Clearwater Secondary School BC
Cortes Island School BC
Departure Bay Elementary Eco School BC
George M. Dawson Secondary School BC
Merritt Secondary School BC
Nukko Lake Elementary BC
Queen Charlotte Secondary School BC
Suncrest Elementary BC
West Vancouver Secondary BC
École Précieux-Sang MB
Kleefeld School MB
Landmark Collegiate MB
Shoal Lake School MB
Belleisle Regional High School NB
Florenceville Middle School NB
Petitcodiac Regional School NB
Salisbury Middle School NB
Baccalieu Collegiate NL
Jakeman All Grade NL
Random Island Academy NL
St. Joseph’s All Grade School NL
St. Matthew’s School NL
Berwick and District School NS
Bridgetown Regional High School NS
Chedabucto Education Centre/ Guysborough Academy NS
Evelyn  Richardson Memorial Elementary School NS
Northport Consolidated Elementary School NS
Valley Elementary NS
Chesterville Public School ON
Craig Kielburger Secondary School ON
East York Collegiate Institute ON
Gary Allan High School ON
Iona Academy ON
John Polanyi Collegiate Institute ON
Monarch Park Collegiate ON
North Addington Education Centre ON
Notre Dame Catholic School ON
Oakridge Secondary School ON
Russell Public School ON
Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy ON
Silverheights Public School ON
Smiths Falls Collegiate institute ON
Teeterville Public School ON
Wellington Hall Academy ON
Woburn C I ON
Woburn C I (Eco Club) ON
Zion Heights JHS ON
Miscouche Consolidated School PEI
M.C. Knoll Elementary School SK
St. Peter’s School Sk
Vanscoy School SK
Whitewood School SK
Yellow Grass School SK
J. V. Clark School YK
Jack Hulland Elementary YK
Reference Site Province
Mount Moresby Adventure Camp BC
The Riverwood Conservancy ON
Camp Heildelberg Nature Centre ON
Blair Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre ON
Bluewater Outdoor Education Centre ON
Toronto Botanical Gardens ON

Thank you to all who applied and congratulations to our selected participants!

Fall 2014 SMTP Interesting Finds: Wasps (Order: Hymenoptera)

Wasps (Order: Hymenoptera)

The Hymenoptera are one of the largest orders of insects, comprising the sawflies, wasps, bees and ants. Over 150,000 species are recognized, with many more remaining to be described. The name refers to the wings of the insects, and is derived from the Ancient Greek ὑμήν (hymen): membrane and πτερόν (pteron): wing. During the Fall 2014 School Malaise Trap Program you collected 1058 species of Hymenoptera across all participating schools. We have highlighted some of your interesting finds below.

Fairyfly (Anagrus ustulatus)

Fairyflies, despite their name, are actually very tiny wasps, and can be found in temperate and tropical regions throughout the world. They average only 0.5 to 1.0 mm long and they include the world’s smallest known insect, the Alaptus fairyfly, with a body length of only 0.139 mm, and the smallest known flying insect, at only 0.15 mm long.

While many insects form complicated social groups – think of ants and bees, for example – the fairyfly is just the opposite. Although they get together for mating, there’s no courtship and no family groups among fairyflies. This makes them relatively hard to study, which is why much of their behavior is still a mystery to scientists.

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Fairyfly (Anagrus ustulatus)

Fairyflies are some of the most common chalcid wasps, but are rarely noticed by humans because of their extremely small sizes. This apparent invisibility, their delicate bodies, and their hair-fringed wings have earned them their common name. Their adult lifespans are very short, usually lasting for only a few days. All known fairyflies are parasitoids of the eggs of other insects, and several species have been successfully used as biological pest control agents.

Fairyflies were abundantly caught during the Fall 2014 School Malaise Trap program, with specimens being collected at 49 of the 59 participating schools!

@ Jack Chambers: What We Thought!

What some students thought…

I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed this program. It was really interesting how many and different types of bugs we found. Thanks for making science FUN! – Nabil

I thought that this was a really fun way to get students interested in science and it really made us consider how many species of insects we had in our schools backyard. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to see this! – Alexandra 🙂

The overall experience was very fun, and it was really exciting to go down to our trap everyday and see what we had caught. Thanks a lot! -Wyatt

I had a lot of fun being a part of your program. It taught me a lot about bugs and how there are a lot of different kinds of species. It was a great experience, thanks! -Rachel

It was very fun going outside everyday to check on the bugs that we caught. Thank you, I really enjoyed this program! -Jieun

I had a lot of fun with setting up the trap, and see all of the bugs we caught! Thank you, I really enjoyed this program! -Bre

It was a great experience participating in the program, I’ve never done anything like it. It was fun, interesting, and very exciting! Thanks! -Matthew

I had lots of fun catching bugs so they could get DNA Barcoded. Setting up the trap was fun too. I enjoyed the program! Can you solve a Rubik’s Cube? -Ryan

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