Bug Hunt Hong Kong

Mapping  the insect biodiversity in Hong Kong

Bug Hunt Hong Kong is an initiative from DIYBIO Hong Kong, a group of citizen scientists in Hong Kong. It is a long term citizen science project studying the insect biodiversity of Hong Kong.


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"Bug Hunt Hong Kong" Launch with film screening

This movie screening night will not only reveal the wonderful world of insects to you, but it is the launch of the citizen science project “Bug Hunt Hong Kong”. This project engages citizens in the study of the insect biodiversity of Hong Kong. You can help us to build a collection of Hong Kong insects as well as a DNA barcode database for the insects in the collection. As a DIYBIO group, we really want to share our passion for biology with you as well as do everything we can to protect our precious biodiversity. 

Time and Hours 
5 July (Thursday)
19:00 – 21:00

Venue: LT4, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong

What is Bug Hunt Hong Kong?

Bug Hunt Hong Kong is an initiative from DIYBIO Hong Kong, a group of citizen scientists in Hong Kong. It is a long term citizen science project studying the insect biodiversity of Hong Kong.
 
Hong Kong has a large biodiversity, with insects comprising a large part of the biodiversity. Yet most people in Hong Kong are disconnected to nature and even have an aversion of insects. We want to encourage people to take ownership of nature and to enhance the public’s knowledge and understanding of insects while contributing to the Biodiversity knowledge of Hong Kong’s insects.
The goals of the project are to build a public accessible collection of insects in Hong Kong that can be used to educate the public about Hong Kong’s insect biodiversity. This collection can be exhibited at public events such as the Hong Kong Biodiversity Week. We also want to generate DNA barcodes of the different insects in the collection in order to build a DNA barcode library of Hong Kong insects and to contribute to the international barcode of life initiative.
 
But who said serious science can’t be fun? We want to invite the general public as well as students from secondary schools to participate in this project. We would like to run the project in the form of a game, almost like ‘Pokemon Go’, where participants must register to participate and will receive points for contributing to the insect collection, with higher points awarded for collecting insects that are not currently in the collection. We want to try “To Catch Them All”, by trying to collect a specimen of every insect species in Hong Kong!