On April 28, 2015, Gainesville, FL, the Hulcr lab organized a bark & ambrosia beetle field sampling workshop for UF students and staff and for specialists at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). Participants learned:
- where to find bark and ambrosia beetles (they are everywhere, just look in the right places!)
- which tools are best for efficient and careful extraction from wood (everyone had a chance to test an electric chainsaw)
- the “Paul Kendra method” – white sheet on the ground with a lure in the middle at dusk is a perfect method to collect a pile of crepuscular beetles
- light trap: mercury vapor lamp attracts not only moths, but also scolytine beetles (they are just really tiny). Ethanol sprinkled on the sheet helps, too.