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JANUARY 2017
 
Podocarpus
Podocarpus National Park, Zamora Sector, January 2017.
Photo by BCR.
 
 
Podocarpus

Aura Paucar-Cabrera and Ron Cave, Podocarpus National Park, Zamora Sector, January 2017. Photo by BCR.

 
  With a grant received in late 2016 from the Committee for Exploration of the National Geographic Society, an entomology expedition was conducted to Ecuador in January 2017 in furtherance of our new project to conduct a biotic survey and inventory of all of the species in the scarab subfamily Dynastinae (commonly referred to as rhinoceros beetles, although most are small and lack horns). Our purpose was to observe and collect beetles in the field and to authoritatively identify and database the holdings of scarabs in the principal research collections in Quito. This research project will discover and document the species-level diversity of dynastine scarab beetles, their spatial and temporal distributions, habitat preferences, and it will make this information available for studies in biodiversity, ecology, conservation, and applied agriculture.
Podocarpus Podocarpus collecting
Lighting near Catamayo, January 2017.
Photo by RDC.
Podocarpus National Park, Zamora Sector,
January 2017. Photo by RDC.
   
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Golofa eacus Burmeister at Rumi Wilco near
Vilcabamba, January 2017. Photo by RDC.
Brett Ratcliffe sorting and cleaning the night’s catch,
January 2017. Photo by RDC.
 
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JUNE 2017
El Cajas National Park
El Cajas National Park, Azuay, June 2017.
Photo by APC.
  In June 2017, Aura Paucar-Cabrera conducted a collecting trip to Azuay and Loja provinces for The Dynastinae of Ecuador project. Collecting methods consisted of a light trap, foliage gleaning, and searching in tree stumps and logs. In Azuay Province, she collected at El Cajas National Park (paramo, 3,600 m), Bosque Protector Aguarongo (scrubland, 3,000 m), and Rancho Alegre (grassland, 2600 m). In Loja Province, she collected at Saraguro (grassland, 2,960 m) and Bosque Protector Washapamba (wet montane forest, 2,800 m). New locality records were obtained for several dynastine species.
Bosque Protector Washapamba El Cajas National Park
Bosque Protector Washapamba, Saraguro, June 2017.
Photo by APC.
El Cajas National Park, Azuay, June 2017.
Photo by APC.
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This research project  is funded, in part, by the
National Geographic Society (NGS 9936-16)
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University of Nebraska State Museum's Division of Entomology
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