Entomologists at work

On speaking with one of the entomologists I was told that two weeks in the field creates more than a year’s work back in the lab and the office.

A lot of species, for example tiny little insects, are collected while in the field.

This then requires the organisms that have been collected to be sorted and preserved (for small insects this will include mounting on pins, dissecting parts and placing these on microscope slides and putting the extras of each species into vials of ethanol so that they are preserved for the future.

For certainty that an organism is a new species analysis needs to be completed and papers need to be written so that each new species is described. i was shown a an incredibly detailed paper that described 8 new species, it was explained that this had taken six months to produce. Screen_Shot_2018-12-03_at_6.56.54_PM.pngScreen_Shot_2018-12-03_at_7.08.12_PM.pngScreen_Shot_2018-12-03_at_7.08.32_PM.pngScreen_Shot_2018-12-03_at_7.07.48_PM.png