Our work in Suriname would not have been possible without the help of Aniel Gangadin, Assistant Curator Invertebrates at the National Zoological Collection of Suriname, Center for Environmental Re...
After heavy rains, trees fall...and sometimes block the road. Thanks to great teamwork we moved the tree and headed back to Paramaribo.
More surprises: We think these anthers (in photo below) contain an egg that has been attacked by a parasitic wasp (note the two black dots that may be "puncture wounds").
The team invested many hours recording data, and examining flowers under the microscope to detect eggs and larvae in flowers.
First we sort flowers. After flowers are sorted, we put each flower in a small plastic cup and check cups daily for emerging insects
This site was great for collecting: abundant and accessible flowers, flies, and wasps.
Thanks to a great team- and your generous support- we collected >9000 flowers from 155 plants, prepared 48 plant specimens, and reared >700 insects. We also captured 57 flies and 42 parasitic...