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Iona Academy is Ready! We received our trap!


This is one of the location where we will post our trap.  Iona Academy has a beautiful pond in our backyard.   This is where we studied our ecosystems this fall.  We cannot wait to start and set up our Trap!  We are so happy it is here!!!    The snow is almost gone here in Eastern Ontario.  Our forest only has a few patches of snow!!! lol

The Malaise Trap

A day that’s good for bugs and insects is when the sun is out. Heres a picture of how the trap’s set up!

      trap dimensions

It’s set up in Miss Manicom’s back yard because it’s the same ecosystem as our school yard.

We are going back on Friday, October 3 to see the progress of the trap. It’s a 7:00 min. walk but we don’t mind because it’s fun walking there and back.We get to talk to our friends and look at nature. We normally go and visit the trap on Monday and Friday. Both of the classes go, one after each other.

We have a lady bug climbing up into the bottle of ethanol to be caught and given a DNA barcode.


We haven’t caught much but that’s ok.

John F. Ross CVI, Guelph, Ontario

We are happy to be participating in the study again this year! Three classes of grade 9 students taught by Ms. Bender and Mr. Neerhof are studying the importance of biodiversity in sustainable ecosystems. The trap was deployed last Friday, with the collection bottle attached this past (very chilly) Monday morning. We have few specimens to report, and we are hoping that the nice weather this week contributes to more insect activity.

Forest Avenue Sets Up the Trap

Today our grade fours set up the trap at the front of the school.  We set it in front of our garden so that the bugs still had a flyway across and into it.  We’re excited.   Many of our co-participants have such varied landscapes ~ fields, ponds, etc.  It will be so interesting to compare the results!  Many thanks to Evergreen for sharing their creative barcoding art activity.  What a great way to bring the DNA concepts to one’s initial learning of it!

Malaise Trap in Mississauga, Ontario!
Malaise Trap in Mississauga, Ontario!