johnwightjohnwight1An environmental class from Gould Academy spent a recent morning collecting aquatic insects from the Androscoggin River in Gilead. Teaching the aquatic entymology portion of the class is Registered Maine Guide John Wight of Bethel. “Low water made this a logical site with so many students,” said Wight. “We have not separated all the insects collected, but have come up with some interesting invertebrates. The overwhelming numbers belong to the Order of Stoneflies, but the other seven Orders were represented as well. I spent the second class, in the lab at Gould, teaching the students how to identify and separate the specimens into the eight Orders. It seems to have been a success, and there are plans to do this again, possibly in the spring.” Here, Sam Leone, a senior from Far Hills, N.J., nets material from the bottom of the river to search for insects. Inset, students look at their catches in a container. Wight will also offer for the public a free aquatic entomology talk at Gould on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., on the second floor of McLaughlin Science Center. The presentation will also include time with actual specimens, with some microscope viewing.

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