It is close to two years since we started to set up the field network. Originally it was simply an idea, then we set up 24 field sites across Okinawa with 72 SLAM traps as well as weather stations, acoustic recorders, and camera traps. With the assistance of various people this network was created in […]
OKEON Churamori Project continues to collaborate with local high school. We came up with an ant survey kit that teachers can use as part of their classes. We provide this new educational tool to the teachers and help them manage their projects. Once the teachers complete their projects they donate the specimens, which become part […]
A rarely-collected ant species, Protanilla lini, has been identified from a SLAM trap sample that was collected from Hentona High School (site04) between September and October last year. Protanilla lini belongs to the subfamily Leptanillinae. All members of the family are small, subterranean and often blind ants that are very rarely collected. We know very […]
The OKEON project continues to progress and gain momentum, with the completion of site setup (72 traps on 24 sites) and being featured by various media outlets. On April 11, the Okinawa Times introduced the OKEON project as an environment monitoring network with an emphasis on insect collecting, and quoted Dr.Masashi Yoshimura, the staff scientist […]
Twenty four sites are being set up across Okinawa, including forest and open sites. Each site will have 3 SLAM traps to collect arthropods, and eventually each will also have a weather station for recording environmental parameters, an acoustic monitoring device to record the soundscape, and a motion-triggered camera trap.