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Araba Bioscan 2-9 April 2021

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Araba Bioscan 26 March to 2 April 2021

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Araba Bioscan 19-26 March 2021

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Araba Bioscan 12-19 March 2021

A very striking coniopterygid this week, apparently a male in the genus Neosemidalis (perhaps N. nervalis).

Specimens from two weeks in November 2020 have now been sequenced, apparently without noticeable problems from the use of isopropyl. Once the sequences have been processed (aligned with BINs and made public), I’ll update the pages for the corresponding weeks.

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Araba Bioscan 5-12 March 2021

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Araba Bioscan 26 February to 5 March 2021

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Araba Bioscan 19-26 February 2021

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Araba Bioscan 12-19 February 2021

This week, I’ve returned to 95% isopropyl as the sampling medium. Once results back from samples collected using both isopropyl and denatured ethanol, it will be easier to decide which to use longer term.

After many weeks during which Ichneumonidae were prominent, there was only one (I think) this week (and also no Blattodea). All the ichneumonid species that have been prominent for some weeks were absent. Compare samples from the last month, for which I have photographed every ichneumonid I found (based on my current identifications, 16, 3, 11 and 12 individuals in the last four weeks).

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Araba Bioscan 5-12 February 2021

This was the second of a two-week test of use of Australian denatured ethanol as the collecting medium. I will return to isopropyl again for the next few weeks, awaiting feedback from Guelph on the first isopropyl samples submitted.

Many thanks to Charles Godfray for the first non-spam comment submitted to this blog.

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Araba Bioscan 29 January to 5 February 2021

This week, the sample was collected using 95% denatured ethanol. This is a test of the effect of the denaturing compound used in Australian ethanol (Denatoium Bensonate 5ppm MIBK) on samples for barcoding.