Friday was our last day of collection. We dismantled the trap, took a selfie and readied the contents to be shipped back to the University of Guelph. We can’t wait to get the report!
It’s the final day of the Malaise Trap Program! It is quite windy, and somewhat cloudy. The trap is sagging. In the upper part of the bottle trap, there is an enormous spider! -Ethan, Brody, Tristan and Noah
Today, the weather was very rainy, windy and cold. The trap was not standing as straight up as it used to be when it was set up (probably because of the wind). The catch volume on the ethanol bottle was just under 4.5, but it was hard to tell because the bottle was moving and the liquid was sloshing around. It’s a possibility that less bugs were caught because of the weather. Overall, it seems the weather had an impact on it. -Leah, Breanna and Katelyn
We managed to miss the rain when we went out to make observations. We were lucky to have gone out when we did because right before and right after we went out, it was pouring. We were surprised by how many bugs were in the trap. There was one particularly large bug.
– Bekah, Jackie, Cal
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
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
Today is the last day of week 1. It’s amazing that all these different schools are participating in this project. Today is 15 degrees Celsius out. It was raining and was windy. It is important to run the project the same two weeks for all schools so that the season is the same for all schools and the bugs collected can be compared.
-Owen, Michael, Annika