Beating & Pooting!

Insect-collecting

A friend of our Vancouver office emailed us this very interesting use for an umbrella! This is what she said:

“This photo was taken at a campground west of Whitehorse, Yukon where I was collecting insects for two entomologists from the University of British Columbia. The collection method is called beating and

This photo was taken at a campground west of Whitehorse, Yukon where I was collecting insects for two entomologists from the University of British Columbia. The collection method is called beating and pooting, and is used to capture insects from tree branches and bushes (mostly beetles, true bugs, ants and spiders). Tree branches and bushes are struck by a stick and the insects on them fall onto the beater sheet and are then aspirated into a tube by a pooter, then preserved in alcohol for later sorting and study.

As I was flying up to the Yukon I had no room to take a large beater sheet with me, but thought that Genumark’s white collapsible umbrella would make a good substitution….and it did. Worked really well. The insect collection is going to the University of British Columbia’s Entomological Collection at the Beatty Museum in Vancouver.”

Thanks for sharing Launi!

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