The list below includes only the highlights of research value. A great deal more was "accomplished" when one considers the fun, learning experience, growth, comraderie, hard work, and other aspects that make a field course so very memorable. All voucher specimens have been deposited in the University of Connnecticut Research Collection. Contact Collection Manager Jane O'Donnell for further information.
I want to thank all my students who made this course such a pleasure to teach!
Derek S. Sikes
This year, for the first time, the course took a field trip to Block Island, Rhode Island. A number of NEW STATE RECORDS were discovered:
*DYSCHIRIUS FILIFORMIS LeConte (Coleoptera: Carabidae)
*BEMBIDION CONFUSUM Hayward (Coleoptera: Carabidae)
*TACHYTA ANGULATA Casey (Coleoptera: Carabidae)
*ONTHOPHAGUS TAURUS Schreber (Coleoptera: Scarabeidae)- this is the first record of this introduced species in New England. Collected by A. Szewczak.
*TETRAOPES MELANURUS Schönherr (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) was collected in Connecticut by C. Wyskiewicz. Which became the first CT specimen of this species for the Univ. CT entomological collections.
*ODONTOTAENIUS DISJUNCTUS Illiger (Coleoptera: Passalidae) was collected by S. Buraceski. This is the first record of this family in CT in the Univ. CT collections since 1962.
A few pics from the Block Island trip (click to expand):
A long series of POLYERGUS LUCIDA, a slave-making ant, was taken by Fi Tran at the Goodwin Conservation Center in Windham Co., Chaplin. This was an exciting find for the myrmecologists in our Department and greatly added to the 2 specimens previously held in the UConn collection.
The first adult specimen in Connecticut of the Cobra Clubtail Dragonfly (GOMPHUS (GOMPHURUS) VASTUS) was taken by Derek Sikes at Hurd State Park along the Connecticut River.
First specimen of MEGALODACNE FASCIATA (Coleoptera: Erotylidae) from Connecticut for the University of Connecticut Research Collection. Collected by hand from a shelf-fungus (Fungi: Polyporacaea) by Kevin Vensel.
First record of ECTOBIUS PALLIDUS from Connecticut (Dictyoptera: Blattodea: Ectobiidae). Three specimens. Vickery et al. (1985) report this Old World species as being known only from Massachusetts and Michigan in the New World. NEW STATE RECORD by Aaron Banner.
A series of 8 specimens of CLIVINA IMPRESSIFRONS (Coleoptera: Carabidae) brings the University Research Collection total to 10. These were all collected at a uv light on July 14 by Aaron Banner, Marta Wells, and Maria Snihurowych.
The first identified specimen of the genus BLEDIUS (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) for the University of Connecticut Research Collection. Collected by Aaron Banner.
A few other rarities or new additions to the research collection from 1997: MEROPE TUBER (Mecoptera: Meropeidae); CORYLOPHIDAE (Coleoptera); PTILIIDAE (Coleoptera).
The second specimen of the family CERATOCOMBIDAE from Connecticut (Hemiptera: Heteroptera). Collected from leaf-litter via Berlese funnel extraction.
First specimen of AMBLYOPONE PALLIPES (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Ponerinae) for the University of Connecticut Research Collection. Collected from leaf-litter via Berlese funnel extraction by Keith Hartan.
The first identified METAPORNOTHUS for the University Research Collection (Crustacea: Isopoda: Oniscoidea). Collected by Janet Grecsek.
The first specimen in the Univ. CT collection since 1954 of BRACHINUS ALTERNANS Dejean (Coleoptera: Carabidae) was collected by C. Bauermeister.
A few other rarities from 1996: LABIA MINOR (Dermaptera: Labiidae); MEROPE TUBER (Mecoptera: Meropeidae); TAPINOMA SESSILE (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dolichoderinae); PONERA PENNSYLVANICA (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Ponerinae).
GREAT WORK EVERYBODY!
Vickery, V. R. and K. D. McE. Kevan. 1985. The insects and arachnids of Canada, Part 14. The grasshoppers, crickets, and related insects of Canada and adjacent regions. Publication 1777: 918 pp. Ottawa: Agriculture Canada.