The whirlwind of activities continued throughout the workshop. I meant to process and put up images daily but, despite my best intentions, there has been no break from activities. I’ll need to process images over the next few days.
The third day of the conference (Friday) began with some great, often entertaining presentations regarding captive breeding of one species of darkling beetles, tailless whip scorpions, and mantids. My afternoon workshop, “Beat Sheets and Catocala Cocktail: Techniques for the Savvy Entomologist,” began with discussion of making Catocala cocktail, a mixture of wine/beer, rotten fruit, brown sugar and yeast, as an attractant for a wide variety of insects. The cocktail is either painted on trees or rope soaked in the brew can be hung from branches. Various methods of light trapping, pan trapping, butterfly trapping and beetle trapping were discussed. This was followed by a discussion of nets, crayfish traps, etc.
Later that evening we were scheduled to go out and practice what we’d discussed, but the weather prevented us from doing so. Eight of us went to one of the local gas station to collect at the lights and on the periphery of the parking lot. Among my collecting buddies were John Rhodes (Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute), Eric Eaton (http://bugeric.blogspot.com/) and Margarethe Brummermann (http://arizonabeetlesbugsbirdsandmore.blogspot.com/). All are local, extraordinarily knowledgeable, and eager to share their knowledge and humor. It was really nice way to end the evening.