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29 November 2023
Citizen Science
SPOTTERON designed a folder for IPM Popillia for the Italian Citizen Science Conference in Pisa, which we attended last weekend. This folder serves as an introduction to the project for fellow Citizen Science initiatives and individuals potentially i...
22 November 2023
Project reports
We are beyond excited to share developmental stage photos of the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) directly from our laboratory experiment.  The Japanese beetle undergoes three larval stages, which means that the larvae do not grow steadily&nb...
30 October 2023
Project reports
From October 18–20, 2023, members of the IPM Popillia consortium came together in Heraklion, Greece, for the yearly General Assembly of the IPM Popillia project. The event provided the possibility of gaining insight into and learning about the progre...
Vercelli - Football field Vercelli - Football field

Another Day in the Field

We need more larvae, a lot more larvae! That's our mission, our first in this year.

This time we were headed to a field in Vercelli, Piedmont.

While driving, the bus would shake and make weird noises when applying the brakes which is why we stopped a first time to inspect our tires and a second time at a mechanics to let him check properly. 

We found a mechanic, somewhere in the Gottardo region, and there comes this old guy, something between 70 and 80 years old, he takes a look at the bus, grunts, takes the key and drives off. Still in the backseat sitting - Aidan, our newest team member 😳

As they drove off we didn't quite know what just happened and imagined: if this was Columbia, Aidan would have been long sold and we would never see our car again. Luckily, we are in Switzerland and they returned 10min later, Aidan was safe and unharmed. Sooner or later we would need new brakes but for the moment we are fine to continue our journey.

Arriving in Vercelli, we found the most perfect place for Japanese beetles. There was a blueberry field right next to an irrigated football field. Perfect for the beetles and perfect for oviposition. 

And wow, did we find a lot of larvae! They literally popped out of the soil, we didn't have to dig deep. There were up to 40 larvae per hole. It was very satisfying and a lot of fun.

We found the 1500+ larvae in no time and earned ourselves a good lunch before heading home. What a good day!

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