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8 August 2022 12:36pm
Diopsis insect camera
The DIOPSIS (Digital Identification Of Photographically Sampled Insect Species) project started in 2018 with the aim of exploring the possibilities for automated observations of insects. So far, the project has been successful in establishing a standardized method for photographing insects with an autonomous camera, which has been demonstrated at a large number of sites across the Netherlands.
The Diopsis camera is a smart camera system to monitor flying insect populations. The system includes a yellow screen with an ultraviolet layer that attracts insects. The camera takes a picture when insects are detected on the screen as well as at intervals of 8-15 seconds, both during the day and at night. Images can be stored on the camera, but can also be sent to a server via 4G. The camera is powered by a battery that can be connected to a solar panel. Due to these features, the camera works completely autonomous even in remote locations. The Diopsis camera can be purchased or leased from Faunabit BV.
Specialised image recognition software, developed by Naturalis and Cosmonio/Intel, is used to analyse the images for species identification and biomass estimations. Entomologists from EIS Kenniscentrum Insecten provide annotations for newly collected images. Currently, the software is trained for species in the Netherlands, but this can be expanded with annotated data from other countries as well.
Currently, 150 cameras are deployed during the summer months throughout the Netherlands in natural, urban and agricultural locations. For each location, a report with results is available, and a nationwide ecological analysis of the results is conducted by researchers from the Radboud University Nijmegen.
The ambition of DIOPSIS is to create a monitoring network of insect cameras throughout the Netherlands (and beyond) in order to map the long-term trend of insects. We want to know whether the decline of insects continues and whether there are groups of insects that are doing better or worse than average. Besides this general monitoring goal, the cameras can also be used for targeted research.
Diopsis is a collaboration of Naturalis, Faunabit, EIS, Radboud University and Cosmonio/Intel.
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