All: This year I was in the position of training a number of people to collect bees with a net as part of a pollinator web study in the Badlands of South
Jul 3, 2012
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This year I was in the position of training
a number of people to collect bees with a net as part of a pollinator web
study in the Badlands of South Dakota, USA. This was all well and
good except that most of the participants had never used an insect net
before (most were rather simple botanists, used to pressing flowers that
they found along roadsides between the pages of books). This caused
me to pay more attention to what I was actually doing while netting so
that I could better teach others. What I realized was that the natural
tendency of the uninitiated novice was to blunder about amidst a flower
patch and swing the net like club (or a cricket bat, which is really just
a flat club) at something sitting on a flower while that something flew
So, to correct that we put out a video
on how to catch a bee using the strike of a snake rather than the whiff
of the bat.
Sam Droege sdroege@...
w 301-497-5840 h 301-390-7759 fax 301-497-5624
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
BARC-EAST, BLDG 308, RM 124 10300 Balt. Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705 Http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov
BOTANY, n. The science of vegetables -- those
that are not good to
eat, as well as those that are. It deals largely with their flowers, which
commonly badly designed, inartistic in color, and ill- smelling.
- Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), "The Devil's
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