9 May: staff members from the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Natural History Museum (Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai) visited our lab. As a sign of good collaboration, we offered them a few butterfly specimens that were of interest to them.
24 April: Dr Lingfei Peng, of the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University in China, kindly provided identification for some of our Flatidae. The identifications were based on pictures.
18 April: visit of Drs Weeyawat Jaitrong and Tadsanai Jeenthong, of the Natural History Museum of the National Science Museum. Dr Tadsanai identified some butterflies, whether Dr Weeyawat discovered two new species of Brachyponera ants in our collection. He will describe them shortly.
April 2023: Yves visited the lab for about two weeks. This represented the opportunity to move our database to a new and faster server, with the efficient help of Phil Butterill. All seems to be working well. We started discussing about a web site for the Khao Chong Insect Lab and wrote about its history.
A new assistant has been contracted, Jirasak Jaroenwong (Bonn), who speaks perfect English. Bonn will work mainly with our database.
Visit of David Lohman, Antonio Giudici, insect photographer and butterfly tourguide in Thaibutterflies, and students to the lab. A new assistant has been contracted, Nantakan Duangwang (Lip). Lip will work more particularly with beetles, Pselaphinae and Platypodinae.
Start of the new year and all insect observations have been included in our database. The only substantial backlog concerns the identification of some tephritids (Bactrocera spp.). We sent a considerable number of Platypodinae to Prof. Roger Beaver in Chiang Mai, who kindly accepted to identify them.