The latest sort “session” stretched out piecemeal over several days, fitting specimen preparation in between lots of other tasks. I.e., we didn’t have much of a formal session, but I did manage to accession about 50 specimens plus a few lots that consisted of dozens more species. I managed to find 3 specimens of Megalyridae, including at least two that are Megalyra rufipes, that I collected in Australia many years ago. They were still in ethanol with a very uninformative label. Here’s one of the specimens in vivo:
We also worked on good practices (striving for the best practices) for digitizing our gall wasp rearings, which are starting to add up quickly. What’s the best way to associate galls with wasps? I think we have a system now. We will implement it next week. In the meantime our collection has new specimens of Amphibolips quercusinanis Osten Sacken, 1862 and several of its parasitoids. W00t!
Until next time, here is a photo of Megalyra habitat in southeast Queensland: