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Entering Year 3 of Bugs on Alfalfa

Hello citizen scientists, happy spring!
We are entering our third year of this project. To kick off the third year, I just added an observation of an alfalfa "bug" that has not yet been recorded to the project -- a red bug in the family Pyrrhocoridae. Cool!

My apologies for not yet summarizing how Year 2 went. In Year 2, more members and observers joined the project! The high number of aphids, lady beetles, butterfly pollinators, ants, and spiders observed were great to see. The more years of observations we have, the richer the comparisons across years will be. And, as of today, we are up to 83 taxa found associated with alfalfa. Did we find them all? Let's see in Year 3.

To steal a line from my child's favorite TV show: we'll see you on the alfalfa creature trail; keep on alfalfa creature adventuring.
Lauren

Posted on April 26, 2021 17:26 by lklucas lklucas | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Let's better understand interacting levels of biodiversity and the evolution of novel interactions. Upload your photos of "bugs" (i.e., insects, spiders, worms) you find on any alfalfa (Medicago sativa) in the world. You do not have to know the name of the bug to contribute; iNaturalist will help you take a guess. Plus, you can keep your ID general, like "spider."

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Mini lklucas created this project on May 09, 2019
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