Hi Ramco! I just finished your second trap, and there’s a few exciting things!
There were a few new Orders of insect in this second trap!
- Collembola: Springtrails
- Neuroptera: Lacewings
- Dermaptera: Earwings
BUT, most exciting – a microgastrine wasp! These are the ones that I am studying – thanks so much for catching one in the trap! This is a male, which makes it tricky to identify as to help identify them we often use what the ovipositor (the egg-laying tube, which is where the stinger is on some other wasps) looks like, but we’ll be sequencing the DNA of the specimens to work out what it is – maybe it will even be a new species!
Thanks again for being part of this project – I’ll leave you with a photo of my ‘working from home’ set up, and my dog Lunar helping to sort your Malaise trap sample.