Every year as spring approaches, the BIObus team board their specially equipped RV and head out where the wild things are. The BIObus is the mobile field research vehicle of the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO), located at the University of Guelph in south-western Ontario, Canada.
Since 2008, the BIObus has been carrying researchers and students to biodiversity hotspots across North America to collect insects and other invertebrates. It has been to most Canadian provinces and several parts of the United States. Hundreds of thousands of specimens representing over 20,000 species have been collected. When the BIObus gets back to the laboratory in Guelph, each specimen is photographed and a tissue sample is analyzed to recover its DNA barcode.