PNC News Story: DoAG and UOG Team Up to Get Rid of the Little Fire Ant

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Note: The ants in the image do not appear to be little fire ants. Interesting to note that the are feeding from extrafloral nectaries which appear as slits in the veins of the pago leaf.


iNaturalist: Guam CRB Citizen Science

The Guam Coconut Rhino Beetle Citizen Science Project (CRB-CS) is currently in a very early stage of development.


Roland Quitugua and Aubrey Moore at the University of Guam Cooperative Extension Service have developed a rhino beetle trap that catches more than ten times as many beetles as pheromone traps currently in use. They think it is possible that placing a few of these traps in a neighborhood will catch enough beetles to reduce damage to palms to an acceptable level and looking for volunteer citizen scientists to help with their research.

The essential idea behind the CRB-CS is to recruit volunteers from the public to help with this trapping effort. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in checking one or more traps in their neighborhood on a daily basis. We are planning to use our iNaturalist project site as data entry tool which  volunteers can use to report the numbers of beetles caught in the trap or traps they are monitoring. Citizen scientists will be asked to check traps on a daily basis and to add observations to the iNaturalist project database whenever beetles are trapped.

Setting Up and Operating a Rhino Beetle Trap

Information to be added.

Using iNaturalist

Sign up for an iNaturalist account. This is totally free. You should set your default time zone to (GMT+10:00) Guam.

Initial Steps

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