The expeditions are a fundamental part of our work. The main objective is to carry out samplings in different habitats in order to increase knowledge about diversity, abundance, distribution, nutritional plants, etc. of the present phasmids. Another important point to keep in mind is that the expeditions allow us to find not only new species but also fresh material of species described centuries ago, for which there is almost no material in museums, often in poor conditions and of which it is very complicated and expensive to extract DNA for molecular works.
Planning an expedition properly entails a great effort, both in time and in economic outlay. At the time of choosing the locations, many factors must be taken into account, such as the type of habitat, how to access it, the season we are interested in, the security of the area, present diseases, necessary permits, etc.
When it comes to organizing a collecting trip, it is essential to process the relevant permits for collection, export, extraction of DNA, etc. This kind of procedures is usually carried out through the Ministry of Environment of the country in question and the requirements, deadlines, restrictions, etc. usually vary for each country. Some countries punish illegal collection with the jail.
Although we work with phasmids from all over the world, we are currently focusing mainly on the neotropics.