Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hello everyone,
We are getting a lot of work done here at the Pearl River. We are all settling into the routine and helping to accomplish the goals of the expedition. The video above show me collecting my favorite caterpillar - a papilionidae!  (The green one from yesterday's post.)

Learning to do a vegetative assessment of a 10 meter diameter plot was the focus of today's activities. Believe it or not we have to count every plant, and every leaf on each plant. Science isn't always fun and exciting. It took us until 7 pm. Kayaking through the swamp was beautiful and peaceful. I never thought a swamp could be so interesting. We saw our first snake today, but no alligators so far.

I had a chance to take some photos of caterpillars in the lab today. Bonus points if you can identify them. See Dr. Lee Dyer's Caterpillar site for help:


At April 21, 2009 at 6:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so cool. It looks like you are having a blast. I feel like I have learned so much about caterpillars. Happy caterpillar hunting!See ya when you get back!


At April 24, 2009 at 7:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is going to seem pretty tame when you come back. Have a safe trip home. Dale


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