James is laying out a grid within a field at Zenger Farms to which the tuna baits will be evenly placed.
Heidi and Dr. Chappell review what sort of vegetation are within and around the designated grids. They also note any surrounding buildings, fences, and streets.
Chelsea is digging a small hole that will later hold a small cup with alcohol for a pitfall trap.
Dr. Chappell and his colleague, Julie, measure the light coming through the tree canopy.
Heidi is using an ant aspirator to collect the ants who have come to the tuna baits.
After field collecting, the ants are sorted into individual vials according to what plot site they were collected from. This is a group of formicidae from one plot site.
Other insects and creatures find their way into traps we lay out for the ants. They are categorized into Orthoptera, Hermiptera, Coleoptera, and other insects and placed into vials. These are some of our most interesting creatures we have come across. (From left to right: caterpillar/spider, large beetles, red spider, and newt/caterpillar)
The ants we collect are mounted and identified. These ants in particular are from Dr. Chappell’s trip to Arizona the summer of 2011. The very left row, middle ant (with wings), is a queen ant.
This is another set of ants collected at Zenger Farms in November of 2010. Each mounted ant has two tags attached to it, one is for identifying what plot and location its from, and the other is the species name of that ant.