The Spring 2014 semester is ending and plans and actions are underway to collect beetles, moths, and other insects in throughout the U.S. Southwest and in Mesoamerica. Here is a quick rundown of lab members, field trips, and dates for the hopefully productive summer of 2014. Post still in development.
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Lab members Andrew Jansen, Guanyang, Lin Pan, and Sangmi Lee headed out to the Imperial Sand Dunes near Yuma, AZ, for a weekend in late January to collect beetles and moths that are out and about at this time of the year. It has been a dry winter but darkling beetles and broad-nosed weevils (such as Trigonoscuta) were out in some numbers. See photographs of the wonderful scenery here.
From August 05-13, 2014, the second installment of The Weevil Course will be held at the wonderful AMNH Southwestern Research Station located in the Chiricahua Mountains, Portal, Arizona. Applications can be received through the SWRS course website. Photos from the 2012 Course are posted here.
Four members of the Franz Systematics Lab went to the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America: Salvatore Anzaldo, Andrew Jansen, Andrew Johnston, & Guanyang Zhang. Except for Andrew Johnston, we all presented talks on our research. Sal and I presented in the 10 minute paper competition, while Guanyang presented during a member symposium and as the Featured Young Professional during the SysEB Member Symposium (WAY TO GO!!!). Nico Franz also submitted a poster showcasing the Symbiota project WoNA (Weevils of North America). We attended many interesting and intellectually stimulating presentations during the conference, and made sure to spend time networking and socializing with our peers and fellow researchers during the meetings of the Entomological Collections Network (ECN), and the Coleopterists Society. All in all, it was a blast! Afterwards, we spent 4 days on the road collecting insects. Andrew Johnston sought Eleodes, a genus of Tenebrionidae, while I chased after my weevils in the genus Minyomerus. We met with considerable success in the field, and even managed to bring home live critters. We collected primarily in sand dunes, including one locality north of Austin, as well as the Monahans Sandhills, and the Red Dunes near El Paso. It was a truly memorable experience.
On November 9, several students from our group came out for their 5th collecting trip of the semester. After some confusion, especially with the north-bound 202 being shut down, we all eventually managed to find each other on the banks of the Salt River, Tonto National Forest. We decided to collect further upstream of the previous collecting site. There was water present, but it was not flowing at the time. The area was rich with insects, including multiple odonates. Long-horned beetles (Cerambycidae) could also be found in abundance. It was a successful collecting trip, both in terms of group turnout (keep up the good work!!) and insect activity.
On Sunday, November 17, students of the ASU-SoLS General Entomology course BIO 386 had their sixth and last collecting trip for this semester – once more to Mesquite Wash. We collected insects along the river bed with receding water ponds and still relatively abundant activity; particularly for beetles, butterflies, dragonflies, grasshoppers, and true bugs. The proper way to record the locality information is “U.S.: AZ: Maricopa Co.; Bee Line Highway (Rte. 87), Mesquite Wash; 33.732267, -111.519228; general collecting; leg. N. Franz [replace with your name], XI-17-2013″. Thanks to all who participated. See more photos here.
On Saturday, October 05, students of the ASU-SoLS General Entomology course BIO 386 had their fourth collecting trip to Mesquite Wash, a diverse and productive habitat located in the Tonto National Forest. There was standing water remaining from the summer rains and abundant insect activity, particularly beetles and moths. And good student turnout. The proper way to record the locality information is “U.S.: AZ: Maricopa Co.; Bee Line Highway (Rte. 87), Mesquite Wash; 33.731031, -111.514748; general coll. & Hg/UV lights; leg. N. Franz [replace with your name], X-05-2013″. See more photos here.
On Sunday, September 15, students of the ASU-SoLS General Entomology course BIO 386 had their third collecting trip to the First Water Trailhead, an accessible and scenic area of the Superstition Mountains. The habitat was in good condition with many Odonata species and and other aquatic insects. The proper way to record the locality information is “U.S.: AZ: Pinal Co.; First Water Trailhead (FR 78) at Hwy 88; 33.487098, -111.441984; general coll. & aquatic net; leg. N. Franz [replace with your name], IX-15-2013″. See more photos here.