Friday, December 23, 2011

Atiu Insect Survey

An entomologist is visiting the Cook Islands and TIS, along with the Natural Heritage Trust have taken the opportunity to use his expertise to inventory insects in Atiu. The entomologist, Peter Maddison, will be sampling insects using direct examination of plants, sampling of insects using a sweep net, sampling special habitats, pitfall trapping for soil active insects and other invertebrates (animals without back-bones), sampling flying insects with an insect net, collecting at light and miscellaneous samples from in buildings. A report will be completed by December this year.

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