Frank Wieland, Gavin Svenson, and Derek Svenson doing some vapor light collecting in Chautauqua County, western New York.
After attending the Evolution 2012 conference in Ottawa, Frank Wieland and Julia Goldberg (University of Goettingen, Germany) visited Lyman Entomological Museum in Montreal last week. Curator Stephanie Boucher kindly granted them access to the insect collection of approximately 3 million specimens, where Wieland and Goldberg studied the Mantodea and Phasmatodea collections to get an overview of the material and take pictures.
Wieland in front of the Mantodea collection of Lyman Entomological Museum in Montreal.
Frank Wieland and Julio Rivera present their praying mantis research at the Evolution 2012 meetings in Ottawa, Canada.
Wieland’s talk was titled- “Digging for the offspring: Multiple convergent evolution of digging structures in female praying mantises (Insecta: Mantodea)”
Rivera’s poster was titled- “The Mantodean egg case: evolutionary hypotheses on their functional diversity and its significance for praying mantis systematics and phylogenetics”
The last day at the MNHN for Julio Rivera before he continues on to Madrid, Spain to examine more types. Fortunately, Julio overlapped at the MNHN with a visit by Henrique Rodrigues from Sao Paulo. Henrique is working on Stagmatopterinae and is on a museum tour to examine types and additional holdings from European collections.
Frank Wieland and Gavin Svenson returned home after their work at the museum in Paris concluded.
Henrique Rodrigues (left), Roger Roy (center), and Julio Rivera (right)
Work has begun at the Museum national d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris. Frank Wieland has come in from Goettingen with Julio Rivera and Gavin Svenson arriving after 10 days at the British Museum. Monday we met Roger Roy and began working in the collection, imaging type specimens, and planning aspects of the revision of higher level relationships.
Frank, Roger, and Julio working on the collection
Frank and Roger discussing post-embryonic development of spines on the foreleg
Imaging work continues
Gavin and Roger looking at some specimens
We continue to image types at the British Museum. We are nearly through all primary targeted taxa and will be able to move on to secondary targets for future work and collaborator requests. Working in the Darwin Center has had a few problems including some vibration issues causing blurring in our final composite images. We solved the problem by moving to another location, but we are suppose to wear lab coats in this particular spot. Oh well…
Julio working away on the Neotropical taxa-
Gavin working away on the Flower Mantis types-