Survey of Insect Diversity at the UWM Field Station
Conservation of biodiversity requires knowledge of the species that are present. Insects are a large component of biodiversity because of their staggering species richness - more than half of global species diversity consists of insects. The Field Station requires more information on the insects that occur here. We plan to work with the Director of the UW-Madison Insect Collection, to conduct insect surveys at the Field Station. We will focus on two groups of insects - the order Coleoptera (beetles) and pollinating insects. A beetle survey at the Field Station is likely to reveal new state and county records, and will advance our knowledge of this important group.
Pollinating insects provide a vital service to plants by moving pollen among individuals, thereby facilitating plant reproduction. Pollinators are declining in many areas, so surveys to establish baseline information are necessary. This will be the first survey for pollinating insects at the Field Station.