Second field trip

Thrips repairing a nest

After giving a talk on insect parental care in Townsville, I went on a second field trip to Fowlers Gap, data collecting.

I found many more thrips and watched them mating and nest-repairing in the lab.  I am trialling methods of getting the thrips to nest predictably in the lab and field, which is not proving easy.  Getting a handle on their natural history is certainly going to be a challenge…