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Vote now for a bombardier beetle genome

Vote daily from now until 5 April here https://tinyurl.com/gn84mu8 Bombardier beetles are among the world’s most impressive chemists. They repel predators with rapid-fire, precisely-aimed explosive discharges of a toxic chemical mix at over 100°C, earning them lead roles in media … Continue reading

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Support the Essig Museum, Cal’s Big Give

For more about the Essig Museum click here or to donate now click the image below. Thanks for your support!  

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Talk slides from I.C.E. 2016

I’ll be speaking tomorrow in a chemical ecology session about the carabid-Q project, in part. Here is a reduced size pdf of the slides for preview or review. Enjoy. kwill-ice-2016-presentation-v1_4-red    

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Tar Pit Beetles Unlock New Clues to Ice Age Climate in Southern California

Preliminary analyses of Tar Pit insects provide evidence for more aridity and warmth than previously proposed for the transition from late Ice Age to modern times. by Anna Holden, American Museum of Natural History, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum … Continue reading

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Ramp traps: A simple design

Together with a group of undergraduate students, I am comparing the trapping efficiency of standard pitfall cups and ramp traps. Preliminary results suggest that the ramp traps perform quite well. They catch a similar diversity of insects and don’t trap … Continue reading

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Ramp v. Pitfall

Part of the Hopland Bioblitz effort is comparing two styles of traps for ground active arthropods, ramp traps and pitfall traps. There is a lot more sorting and identifying to do, but the tenebrionid catch visually appears to tell us something. … Continue reading

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Hopland REC’s blind silverfish brought to light at the bioblitz

    The recent Hopland Bioblitz was a chance to really dig in and sample insects. One exciting find was a wee beastie in a family of silverfish that is very little-known in California. These blind soil-dwellers were only recently … Continue reading

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