What is she doing over there? Looking serious and all............What is she watching over?
I will give your 5 sec to make a guess
We are actually observation the mating behaviour of two-spotted ladybird beetles (Adalia bipunctata). I can tell you what we are observing but you will have to ask Inga about the details of her experiments (TOP SECRET!!!).
That is a black two-spotted male mating with a red female
This is what we do, we put a male and a female ladybird beetle together in a tiny petri dish in hope that they will mate with each other (Which they do almost all the time and pretty much right away :P)
We record the length of courtship..........and I believe our record time so far was 6 hrs (correct me if I am wrong, Inga)
Can you imagine how painful this task is? Give it a try and you will know............although I have to say those ladybugs are really quite cute
Stay tune for the next posting...............
PREVIEW: FLY WORK (or Drosophila melanogaster work)