Upcoming events

December 8

Macroinvertebrate 
Mania

Virtual Event

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December 10

Bugs below zero

At the Bell Museum

1

Walk along stream banks to find insects; the insects tend to be on the surface of the snow where the banks meet with the water

2

Take one closeup and detailed photo of the insect (see example below)

3

Take one photo further away from insect (to show both the insect and its location)

4

Take one photo of the water and its surrounding banks to showcase the landscape  

5

Record the location (county, state, stream name), date, and notes on weather/temp, time, stream conditions (ex. presence of ice) with your photographs

6

Send pictures and recorded information using the survey form (linked below). 

Steps to Photographing Insects

 Once the snow flies, the University of Minnesota Chironomidae Research Team would like you to join them in a citizen science project that could expand the scope of their research. Participants simply identify and submit photographs of midges on the snow, often near stream banks. Your help can grow our understanding of how the unique Minnesota climate reveals valuable insights about interactions between weather, water, insects, and food webs for researchers across the globe. See directions and form below for more details.

Example of photographs

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Handouts

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If you have any questions regarding the project please feel free to reach out!​

Research project email:
midge@umn.edu

For more information visit:
http://midge.cfans.umn.edu/