07 September 2010
05 July 2010
Mi agradecimiento a aquellos de ustedes que me contactó acerca de una pasantía o proyecto de tesis de pregrado. Sara piensa que, debido a la dificultad de identificación de las escarabajos, se trata de un mejor proyecto para un estudiante en la programa de maestría. Pero agradezco tu interés!
29 June 2010
Sara takes over the rearing cages!
Sara recently received her Ph.D. through the Natural History Museum and the Imperial College (UK). She has already published the results of pioneering studies on Neotropical weevils: she used DNA sequences to identify the immature stages of seed-feeding weevils, and she used chloroplast primers to amplify plant DNA from trap-collected weevils to provide information about their host plant associations.
Here is Sara in Spain, showing off the exit hole made by Curculio sp. in an acorn! Now that she is in charge of the rearing, I expect to see a lot more weevils....
But I also like her snapshot of Neoclytus cf columbianus, waiting to get out of the cage...
21 June 2010
lycid and click beetles
and robber flies...
...not to mention cerambycids like this beautiful Callipogon lemoinei (check out those furry mandibles, and thanks to Anonymous for the ID).
Basilio, who had helped his father cut down the trees, came along to relocate them and retrieve the branches. We were a skeleton crew; luckily Roman (in the white hard hat) joined us for the last few days.
Here is Roman building our funky little Casa de Crianza, next to the frog house:
By the time I left, on June 15, over 200 cerambycids, in 25 species, had already emerged!
STAY TUNED to hear from Dr. Sara Pinzon, a recently minted Panamanian Ph.D., who has taken on the task of monitoring all of those rearing cages...