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SPNHC 2015 posters – Libraries of Life project and New Neotropical Symbiota portals

Our group has two posters up for presentation at SPNHC 2015 this week.

1. Basham A., A. Mast, N.M. Franz & K.H. Holmes. 2015. Libraries of Life: connecting collections with community via Augmented Reality and specimen-based learning applications. 30th Annual Meeting of The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections. Gainesville, FL. Link to PDF

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Spring 2015 Collecting

In the desert, there doesn’t seem to ever be a bad time to collect. This spring has been no exception for the taxonbytes lab members!

Most entomological collecting in the southwest seems to be planned in accordance with the amazing monsoon activity that the area is known for. Even though there is still much to be discovered in the fauna that emerges after our summer rains, there is also a large fauna which is not associated with rains; in fact there are many species which exhibit late spring-early summer emergences which seems to be oddly uncommon in collections.

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Announcing BIO 386 Entomology – Fall 2015

This Fall 2015, BIO 386 General Entomology will be offered with the course lab sections utilizing the Natural History Collections spaces at the Alameda Building. The course provides a thorough, interactive, hands-on introduction to the fascinating and immensely important diversity and biology of insects, covering topics from insect morphology to pollination to conservation, and much more.  Seats remain open for enrollment. Photos from prior courses are here. A student perspective:

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The video below provides an introduction to the course lab facility.

A New Home for the ASU Natural History Collections from Arizona State University on Vimeo.

Night of the Open Door 2015 – Natural History Collections

This year, and for the first time, all Natural History Collections participated in the ASU Night of the Open Door event jointly and at the Alameda location. A shuttle service from the Tempe Campus to our collections allowed visitors to make the trip, participate in outreach games, and get access to the collections and people associated with them. Although we had hoped for slightly higher visitor numbers, the feedback was strong and very positive. The Insects also had a table on campus. Photos from the event are posted on Flickr here.

ASUHIC contributes to 2015 ASU DiscoverE Days

On March 27, 2015, the Hasbrouck Insect Collection group fronted a highly popular booth at the annual DiscoverE Days organized by ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Andrew Jansen and Guanyang Zhang tirelessly introduced many hundreds of young visitors to the wonders of arthropods and insects on the pastures in front of the Old Main Building. Photos from the event are posted on Flickr here.

Announcing the Sixth Annual Lepidoptera Course, 16–25 August, 2015

Held at the Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) in the Chiricahua Mountains in SE Arizona (a 2.5 hour drive from Tucson), the focus of the Lep Course 2015 (August 16-25, 2015) is to train graduate students, postdocs, faculty, state and federal employees, and citizen-scientists in the classification and identification of adult Lepidoptera and their larvae. Topics to be covered include the biology and systematics of major families of Lepidoptera, an introduction to adult and larval morphology with a focus on taxonomically important traits, extensive field work that concentrates on  both collecting and photographing adults and larvae, collecting and curatorial techniques, genitalic dissection, larval classification, use (and abuse) of DNA barcoding, and general topics in Lepidoptera systematics, ecology, and evolution.

With its extensive series of Sky Island mountain ranges, SE Arizona has the highest Lepidoptera diversity in the United States. With low desert scrub, oak and mixed oak-pine woodland, lush riparian, juniper, Douglas fir, and mountain meadow habitats – all within a 40 minute drive from the station – the SWRS is an ideal location from which to sample this diversity of both habitats and species.

If you want to interact with other Lepidoptera enthusiasts, see a spectacular Dysschema, identify the Organ of vom Rath, sort through trap samples with hundreds of species, learn about diversity of Lepidoptera, and enjoy the vistas of the SE Arizona, then this course will provide a unique experience.

Partial list of invited instructors (subject to change):

  • Richard Brown (Mississippi Entomological Museum)
  • Jennifer Bundy (RD4AG)
  • Chris Grinter (Illinois Natural History Survey)
  • Don Harvey (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Sangmi Lee (Arizona State University Hasbrouck Insect Collection)
  • Chris Schmidt (Canadian National Collection)
  • Bruce Walsh (University of Arizona)

For more information, see http://research.amnh.org/swrs/education/lepidoptera-course or www.lepcourse.org or contact Bruce Walsh at jbwalsh@u.arizona.edu. You can also see photos and comments from students in the 2011 course at their facebook site, “2011 Lep Course, SWRS SEAZ”.

Accessioning a Donation: Part 2

Continuing from Part 1, this post documents the ongoing process of accessioning a large donation corresponding to the Ira Nadborne insect collection. Having frozen all donated material for an entire week, we can now safely sort through the specimens and curate them into our main collection. The first part of this journey is to determine which specimens we are keeping, and to move them out of their dermestid frass-filled boxes.

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ASUHIC to house large collection of Orthoptera

Earlier this month (December, 2014), ASU’s Hasbrouck Insect Collection received a valuable permanent loan of ca. 11,500 specimens (50 drawers) pertaining to 115 species of Orthoptera – grasshoppers. This valuable contemporary collection was transferred to us from the USDA-PPQ group in Lincoln, Nebraska, through an effort led by Larry Jech and Timothy Miller. The transfer arrangement is part of a collaboration that ASUHIC and the USDA Center for Plant Health Science Technology – Phoenix Lab started in 2014. Our collection will further curate and digitize these specimens to facilitate access by interested parties.

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Parts of the “Nebraska Orthopteran Collection” now housed at ASUHIC.