Thanks for your interest. These blog pages will be relating the various trips, mostly to the Baja California peninsula, and the identities, origins, and significance of the specimens photographed for this site. Salud, Jim Berrian, Field Entomologist, San Diego Natural History Museum.
As mentioned in the last entry just over a year ago the Entomology, Herpetology, Botany, and Birds and Mammals Departments of the San Diego Natural History Museum conducted another one of our periodic binational expeditions to the Baja California peninsula. During these expeditions we are joined in the field by our Mexican counterparts. For entomology we were joined by Dr. Maria Jimenez and Julieta Maya from the research institution CIBNOR in La Paz, Baja California Sur. We collected specimens by pitfall, pan, and malaise traps as well as black lighting, beating and sweeping with hand nets. After having time to sort and working to identify specimens it seems we have among known species an additional two undescribed species of spiders, including one new genus of ctenid, and at least two confirmed new membracid treehoppers and perhaps and perhaps several insects awaiting confirmation as undescribed species. These are noted in the photo captions as new species= sp.n. and new genus= gen. n. More later as time allows. Thanks.
For two and a half weeks at the end of October and the beginning of November, 2013, the San Diego Natural History Museum's Biodiversity Research Center for the Californias science departments joined our Mexican colleagues from the research centers of La Paz (CIBNOR), Baja California Sur, and Ensenada (UABC, CICESE), Baja California for a biodiversity research expedition to the Sierra Cacachila east of La Paz. As a member of the museum's Entomology Department I did the three day drive down, accompanied by one of our volunteers, Kelly Beskin, to join Dr Michael Wall, Entomology Curator, and the rest of the researchers at Rancho El Chivato. The trip was very productive and details will be related in future posts. The insects and arachnids photographed and shown in the Sierra Cacachila section of this site represent a small sample of our collections. Labels and photo details will follow over the next few weeks. Thanks. Note: The photos in the Sierra Cacachila section have been placed in their group sections in Arachnids and Insects. The next entries are in December 2014.