China recap 4: why do I love field work?

Posted by Arianne:

We returned from our 4-day journey to Beijing to find, not beautiful cages filled with happy hoppers, but cages with small holes (the wind had finally taken its toll) and very happy, fat spiders (spiders love to munch on hoppers). A rescue mission was immediately sent out and we were able to salvage ~15 adults for each of the six treatment groups. We brought them into lab cages, determined to finish the experiment. The next morning, I went to check on my hoppers and discovered that two of the six cages had been constructed with materials toxic to insects and the two most important treatment groups had withered to piles of writhing helpless hoppers.

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