Dry season assemblage sampling (Feb. 2022)
Sampling effort encompassed the period from 11/2 to 20/2 which included one day to set the traps. Banana bait had already been produced and left to ferment for 48 hours prior to our arrival so sampling took place on 12/2 for nine days.The two transects used for the PhD (Kirumya and Red Monkey trails) were once again the preferred locations for this period of dry season butterfly sampling, with a view to their utilisation for a long-term monitoring project which had already been proposed to UWA. 14 traps were placed at each transect with a 50m distance between traps and one fermented banana was used per trap and replaced every 48 hours. Total sampling time of both transects usually took between 4 to 5 hours of travelling and sampling combined.
A remarkable 72 species were recorded, just under 50% of the total recorded species of the fruit-feeding butterfly assemblage of Semuliki National Park. Just under 25% of the species recorded were from the genus Bicyclus (19 species). It was noted that a predominant number of individuals that made up the sampling each day were freshly hatched and either one or two days old, where scale loss and wing damage were minimal.
A detailed report was submitted to the department of Research and Monitoring at UWA HQ in Kampala.