Brumley Bug Bioblitz: September 29, 2018
The North Carolina Entomological Society has teamed up with the Triangle Land Conservancy to host the Brumley Bug Bioblitz on the afternoon of September 29, 2018. We hope to document as many insects, spiders, and other arthropods as possible at the Brumely Nature Preserve and upload the photos to iNaturalist where they can be shared with scientists and naturalists. Anyone hiking at Brumley this afternoon is welcome to photograph and submit bug photos to the Brumley Bug Bioblitz project on iNaturalist. For those who want a chance to explore the preserve’s diversity of insects more thoroughly, we are offering three structured events. These events are free, but pre-registration is required.
Sweep Net and Beat Sheet Hike: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Get a chance catch bugs like a real entomologist! We will use sweep nets and beat sheets to sample insects on plants. After photographing them, we will release them back into the wild. Bring your phone or camera to help take photos. Insect nets and beat sheets will be provided.
Cover Board and Pitfall Trap Hike: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Get a peek at the hidden world of ground dwelling insects. During this hike we will photograph live insects collected in pitfall traps or under cover boards, then release them back into the wild. Bring your phone or camera to help take photos. Who knows what amazing critters we might discover?
Insects at Night: 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Normally, the Brumley Nature Preserve is closed after dark, but not tonight! Come discover the mysterious world of night-flying insects. We will photograph as many insects as we can at various insect-attracting light traps. Bring a camera, a headlamp or flashlight, and plenty of curiosity.
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Photo credit: Matt Bertone (banner), Aurora Toennisson and Heather Moylett (Slide Show)