Insect collecting kits have begun arriving at schools all across Australia, and we couldn’t be more excited! They’re being delivered to schools all over the country, many in very remote communities!
We’re excited to announce the 50 schools that have been selected to participate in the Malaise trapping component of Insect Investigators!
Our participating schools are spread all across the country, which we hope will allow us to capture more of Australia’s unique insect diversity.
There are still many ways non-participating schools can take part in the project. If you’d like to learn what you can do to discover your local insect biodiversity, access our free resources Here.
Getting these kits together took many hours of work by our incredibly dedicated logistics team. The Invertebrate Systematics and Biodiversity Lab at The University of Adelaide was absolutely buzzing with activity!
We even had some extra helpers come in and join us for the boxing days!
We can’t wait to see schools setting up their Malaise traps and getting into the 2022 insect collecting season!
What’s in your kit?
First up, you have your malaise trap! This is what you’ll be using to collect insects over the next 6 weeks. The trap passively collects flying insects that bump into it, so beetles, flies, wasps and more.
We’ve put together a handy instructional video that you can follow to learn how to assemble your trap. You can find the video here!
Your kit also has extra collection containers for your Malaise trap, labels to make sure we keep track of everything, and even a sweep net!
You can learn all about how to use a sweep net, and other collection techniques here.
We’ve put together a full video explaining what’s in your kit, which you can find here.
Our project is supported by our partner Australian Entomological Supplies, we recommend them for all your entomological collecting needs.