Name ID 394
1 December 1996, article by Matthew Brace
Dr McGavin and his fellow scientists working in the Mkomazi Game Reserve in north-eastern Tanzania believe that they have discovered an ecological treasure chest, an area more diverse than many rain forests, in terms of the number of arthropods (animals with segmented bodies and jointed appendages - insects, spiders, centipedes, etc). On an average day, after 'mist-blowing' a tree in the reserve with insecticide, Dr McGavin watches as clouds of insects fall from the branches into his collecting trays. During years of research in rain forests, deserts and grasslands around the world he has never seen such abundance.