Over a number of years, we have sampled the diversity
of Diptera (flies) and ants (Hymenoptera:Formicidae) on the island of
Maupiti in French Polynesia. Sampling was primarily done with Malaise
and Pan traps as well as hand collecting with sweep nets. Various
habitats on the island were sampled including organically harvested
Noni fields and cultivated Watermelon fields to compare fly diversity
in different crop harvesting situations. For his masters thesis, Limb Hapairai identified Diptera from the island and compared the different crop habitats. Paul Frandsen is working on cataloging the ants of the island. This work was funded by the SANT foundation.
The island of Maupiti.
Catching our favorite...flies!
Kailey collecting spiders.
Dr. Nelson taking photographs.
Dr. Nelson setting up a Malaise Trap at the top of the mountain.
At the top of Maupiti.
Collecting Pan Traps on the Beach.
A beautiful sunset at the end of a long day of collecting.