The Arachnologists have landed

OK, not an insect...

 

For the next three weeks my colleagues from the Arachnology lab at the California Academy of Sciences are in the Philippines! (no, not jealous at all…)  The trip is part of the CAS Hearst expedition, a massive effort spanning all of our research departments to survey the deep seas, shallow seas and terrestrial environment of Luzon.  Dr. Charles Griswold brought two of his PhD students – Hannah Wood and Natalia Chousou Polydouri – to help collect spiders and insects.  Particularly, I’m looking forward to the Lepidoptera that Natalia will be bringing back!  (I gave her a quick course on field collecting moths).  Sadly I’m not there to photograph and collect this diversity myself; but we can all watch enviously as the teams post updates on their progress over the next month on the expedition blog.  There are already lots of great entries and images from the aquatic people – stay tuned for the insects.

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