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Old 05-19-2012, 09:32 AM   #1
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Default Citizen-Scientists in Entomology

The current issue of “American Entomologist” (vol.58, no.1; Spring 2012) includes several articles on the involvement of citizen scientists in entomological research. I’m sure that many WG members are familiar with the ‘Lost Ladybug Project’ - Lost Ladybug Project - this has resulted in the detection of rare/threatened species outside of areas to which they previously were thought to be restricted. Other projects include:
“Climate Change and Caterpillars” supported by Earthwatch - Climate change and caterpillars
“Monarch Larva Monitoring Project” sponsored by the University of Minnesota - Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP) - Home
“BeeSpotter” sponsored by the University of Illnois (Urbana-Champaign) - Welcome to BeeSpotter!, BeeSpotter, University of Illinois


Additionally, images of arthropods submitted to Bugguide (Welcome to BugGuide.Net! - BugGuide.Net) for identification have resulted in the detection of many new distribution records, including some never reported previously from the USA, a good example of what is called passive surveillance (as opposed to active surveillance for invasive/exotic species by agencies such as the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - APHIS).
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