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    Acadia

    National Park Maine

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BioBlitz Series - Minor Orders

Man, woman, and child look for insects on a sheet.

Three generations interested in insects

NPS/David Manski

The Minor Order Blitz ran from August 7 to 10, 2009, at the park's Schoodic Education and Research Center. A total of 46 professional and amateur entomologists participated in the blitz, spending 1,308 hours searching for and collecting insects from 16 orders that have relatively few species in Maine.

Preliminary Results
Participants identified approximately 98 species over the weekend; the final tally may increase or decrease depending upon the actual number of springtail species (Collembola) positively confirmed. The approximate number of species collected and identified for each of the minor orders was:

  • Collembola - est. 40
  • Psocoptera - 20
  • Trichoptera - 13
  • Orthoptera - 10
  • Neuroptera - 6
  • Thysanoptera - 4
  • Dermaptera - 1
  • Diplura - 1
  • Archaeognatha - 1
    • Plecoptera - 1
    • Dictuoptera (Mantodea, Isoptera, Blattodea) - 1
    • Mecoptera - 1
  • Thysanura - 0
  • Ephemeroptera - 0
  • Phasmida - 0
  • Strepsiptera - 0

Interesting Finds

  • The Archaeognathan, Petrobius brevistylus, is known be restricted to the bedrock shores of the coast of NE North America. It was collected twice during the weekend.
  • The bog cricket, Neonemobius palustris, was taken at both bogs in the Schoodic section of the park using yellow pan traps.
  • The only Dictuopteran collected, was an introduced forest cockroach, Ectobius lapponicus, which was very common.
  • Several Psocopterans of interest were also collected.

Participants represented a number of institutions: Maine Entomological Society, Maine Forest Service, New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, University of Maine, University of New Hampshire, University of Southern Maine, Illinois State University, University of North Alabama, Texas A&M University, Colby College, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. In addition, a taxonomist from the University of Tennessee has agreed to identify the Collembola species not identified at the BioBlitz.

 

Did You Know?

From atop Cadillac Mountain, the sun is just starting to rise over the Porcupine Islands.

Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is the tallest mountain along the eastern coast of the United States. During certain times of the year, it is the first place in the U.S. to see sunrise.