David Wyatt

David Wyatt

Sacramento, CA

Sacramento City College Biology Department

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Published on Mar 22, 2016

2015 Update...

Hi everyone. My apologies for not updating all of you for so long! I do want to tell you about all of the things that have occurred due to your investment in this research project. Without that ini...

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Published on Dec 24, 2014

Insect Photography

Happy Holidays everyone! I got an early present this year that I couldn't resist busting out and playing with today. It is an Olympus TG-3 digital camera (one of those point and shoot kinds that is...

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Published on Nov 24, 2014

Army Ant Invasion

One night we were all working on the entomology collection when a stream of army ants swept through the main building at TREES. I had seen army ants in action during one of my previous trips to Bel...

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Published on Nov 23, 2014

Bat Flies

A part of the work we did in Belize also involved conducting an inventory of bats in areas of Belize. This involved catching bats in specialized nets called mist nets and identifying the bats, but ...

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Published on Nov 23, 2014

An itchy time had by most

As I went through the many photographs we took on the trip, I came across some humorous (and itchy) photographs that I wanted to share (I guess humorous to me because I didn't get this badly bit up...

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Published on Nov 23, 2014

More from the Bohart Museum...

Hello everyone! My sincerest apologies for not publishing a new Lab Note in quite some time. In a couple of weeks, we'll be at the six month anniversary of when the team departed to Belize for the ...

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Published on Jul 10, 2014

Bats, bats, and bats oh my!

Western Red Bat maternity roost - adult is the bright red colored bat (lower) and her two pups are the darker red color.  Those knobby projections near their faces are their wrists.  The bats were ...

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Published on Jul 10, 2014

At the Bohart Museum...

Making adjustments to some of the specimens that were not quite dried (thus allowing movement of the limbs).More adjustments...The Bohart Museum has lots and lots of drawers of insects...here Fran ...

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Published on Jun 23, 2014

Monday and Heading Home

The view from my cabin's deck...looking right out into the forest canopy.Outside of my cabin....My cabin insides...after cleaning things up and having all my stuff packed.Yep, under all of the inse...

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Thanks Denny...and thanks for creating Experiment.com - this project would not have happened without you guys/gals.
Jun 22, 2014
Cataloging Insect and Bat Diversity in Belize
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Hi Israel. Thanks for your note. I hope your study is going well. For the ants, Paco (I can't remember his last name right now) at the California Academy of Sciences is likely going to check out our ants. He works with Brian Fisher at Cal Acad. We brought back a considerable amount of alcohol specimens so we're still at the sorting stage on those. For pinned ants, we have Bullet Ants and Leaf Cutter Ant workers, soldiers, and alates. Talk with you later. Cheers, Dave
Jun 22, 2014
Cataloging Insect and Bat Diversity in Belize
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Hi Oscar. Great observation! This is a male based on his bright colors and also the size of his interfemoral pores (these are pores along the leading edge of what would be equivalent to our femur - males have large pores while females have small pores). I'm only speculating here but oftentimes lizards will have varied patterns to break up their body shape to make it harder for predators (and prey) to see them. This is especially true with the vertical striping - like in zebras - that really break up the body pattern. Also, different developmental genes are at work in the midsection of the body, thus for reproductive success, males exhibit bright colors during the reproductive season - thus the middle of the body serves as this "flag". All-in-all, this collared lizard was a great find.
Jun 03, 2014
Cataloging Insect and Bat Diversity in Belize
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Thank you for your support of my project in Belize. I would like to return the favor - particularly for such a cool project as yours! I will be keeping updated on how your progress goes for these last two days.
Apr 27, 2014
Warm Ants! Predicting the impacts of climate change on biodiversity Down Under.
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