Moose: mobbed by merciless mosquitos.
Goose: likin’ the lichen.
Kug: finding flies in fog.
Updates were received from Teams Moose and Goose today…here they are in their own words: From Chris (Goose):
Hi all – good day for team goose today – got all four streams done and 1 of 2 ponds. Caught some HUGE stonefly larvae. It was a bit warmer today and we snagged some leps, hover flies, and packed four vials with black fly larvae. The team is pretty tired but in good spirits- we do our first check of pans/pits etc. tomorrow.
And from Doug (Moose):
In the spirit of the World Cup, I must report that the black flies are having a field day with Jana. Although she wore her bug jacket today, it seems that she neglected to zip the hood up. The results of this neglect are amply illustrated in the attached pic. See especially her beet-red ear. Anyway, I hope Jana will soon have an opportunity to wreak revenge on their babies!
Also attached is a wider shot of the “exploding head” malaise trap, showing the site characteristics. I don’t think we could have found a better site for snagging tabanids! Today we found a considerably more mesic site where we deployed the rest of the pan and pitfall traps. We also found time to sample the “stream pond”, which yielded quite a few caddies, mayflies and odonates (among other things).
Boy, Doug wasn’t kidding about poor Jana’s blackfly encounter -0uch! Let this be a lesson to you all: don’t forget to zip!
We’ve finally heard from Team Moose…the work is already well underway! There’s just one problem: there are TOO MANY BUGS!!!
Ha. I’m kidding of course; there can never be “too many bugs”. That said, this is one of their Malaise trap catches after a mere 8 hours. I hope they brought extra whirl bags!
Team Goose has also discovered an overabundance of biting flies…the bug jackets we were instructed to pack have been coming in handy…
The jacket hoods came down long enough for a visit with some local children:
Team Goose also sent along some photos of the beautiful scenery near one of their sampling sites: