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Weather damage to the Malaise Trap

It is a rainy day.  The wind and rain had caused the sign to fall on the ground.  The poles in our perimeter are falling over and the security tape had fallen off.  We resecured our trap and noticed that there were already 1.5 cm of bugs caught since attaching a new bottle yesterday. -Aliya, Alysha, Ethan, Chayton, Marielle

Wednesday Trap Update by Autumn in Revelstoke


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.


Day 3 of Patrick Fogarty’s Malaise Trap!

It’s day 3 of our School Malaise Trap Program we started at Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School! We have already noticed some big and small bugs starting to be collected in our catching bottle. It has started out as cold mornings at about 8C everyday, but we end the afternoon with some warmer weather of about 21C and lots of sun! We are all excited to continue to watch our catch volume rise!


That’s a Wrap!

Here is the difference 3 weeks made… Wow! Shania George and I (Meagan Kettley) had a blast keeping track of our findings, the bug tent, and our class. Here is a photoset of two pictures; one from the beginning and one from the end.

Here is a picture of our classmates packing up the tent. Sad faces all around as we packed up; the class really enjoyed checking for bugs everyday. It was an exciting class project.

Our class cannot wait to hear back about the project. We hope that some of the bugs we caught are unknown bugs or rare bugs in our area. We think that it would be interesting if we found a new type of bug in our area, and if we find any endangered bugs, then we would like to do something to protect them.

After two weeks of unfortunate weather, and an extra week to make up for it (thankfully week three had gorgeous weather!), we found a whole bunch of bugs!

Thank you for checking out our blog, and thank you to the School Malaise Trap Program for this incredible opportunity!

week 2 summary

So we had cloudy weather for almost all of the week 2/extended week 1 including some stormy conditions (40-60 km winds for several of the days)… the weekend was sunny though!
Lots of small bugs in there (100’s) but no where near the 1line marker. The one very interesting thing is something that looks like a caterpillar and or a large larvae… will be interested to see what that comes out as … can’t quite figure how it got into the jar but once we know what it is, maybe its locomotion will be clearer…..
Anyway, that’s all from the north end of Haida Gwaii……
Found a bunch of ‘snailers’ on the school’s little skiff today…. get it?…. snails hiding on a boat…

Week 2 : Friday May 1st

Daily Temperature

  • 7 Degrees(am) { consistent weather} 

Cloud Coverage

  • Slightly cloudy with slight peeks of sun.

Catch Volume ( How many Bugs were found)

  • The bug activity has exceeded our expectations , when we first started our bug activity was very slow and we would only advance by a mere 10 bugs and now we have almost reached 100.

Notes  (Trap disturbances)

What a great way to end off our second week , we have advanced in our bug activity and almost reached 100 bugs , good job !


Week 2 : Thursday April 30th

Daily Temperature

  • 8 Degrees (am)

Cloud Coverage

  • Today we experienced mild cloud coverage but during the day the sun began to peek out from behind those clouds.

Catch volume(How many bugs were caught)

  • we discovered 72 bugs today.

Notes ( Trap disturbances)

We had a slight break in our bug activity , but we are slowly getting back on track.


Incoming: Snow and Rain!


Well, isn’t this a surprise! This photo was taken Monday morning. The snow covered our set up, but we were quick to the fix.


As you can see, here in Nova Scotia we aren’t having much luck – the poor weather we’ve been having has prevented us from catching many bugs. Thankfully we’re allowed to keep our tent for an extra week (yay!) so lets hope the weather starts to spring up!


First snow, now rain! Tuesday had light flurries in the morning and rain in the afternoon here in Guysborough. This made for a sad and cold biology class. This is a picture of one of our classmates trying to keep dry.


Brrr… It’s cold! Here is some of the class battling the weather, on the hunt for some interesting bugs!

Tuesday: we caught a GIANT fly
Wednesday: we caught a SPIDER!