1024RE: [beemonitoring] Styrofoam bowls/cups appear to greatly decrease catch of bees
- Apr 2, 2010
Apologies if this information has already been disseminated. I contacted the Solo cup company, but they told me I would have to find somebody else who sold their white soufflé cups, as they only sold them in batches of 5 cases of 2500 cups in each case.
Does anyone know where I could purchase about 500 (or 1000 at the most) – without having to call or drive to every business in the area?
Barbara J. Abraham, Ph.D.
SEEDS Ecology Chapter Advisor
Department of Biological Sciences
Hampton, VA 23668
We have continued to test out long-term traps using glycol and one possibility was to use Styrofoam cups (Cheap, environmentally a bit greener). Well after noticing that catch seemed subpar we tested cups vs our small bowls and the small bowls clearly caught more....we also tested for a glycol/ soapy water effect and found none. My first thought was that the height of the cup was the problem, however, we just finished a test today with some surprising results (to me). We sliced the Styrofoam cups down to the same size (Thanks for the idea Alex Surcica) and put them into the experiment below....results are very clear, but the interpretation is a bit fuzzy. Bottomline...don't use Styrofoam.
Location: Beltsville, MD
Start: Noon April 1
End: 9:30 a.m. April 2
Habitat: Bottomland Mixed forest with many spring beauties (Claytonia) in bloom
Bees: Osmia, Andrena, Nomada
Experiment: 21 bowls each of 3.25 ounce white solo brand bowls and similar sized cut down Styrofoam cups, the two types were alternated in a transect through the woods and placed 5 m apart.
Results below are Styrofoam in the left column and solo in the right column. They are presented as pairs, but in reality they are simply adjacent to one another (5m apart) in the transect. Numbers are total number of bees.
Helping on the this experiment were Molly Passacantando and Lisa Guide (Many thanks).
Results are extremely clear. Styrofoam captures are much less. Totals are much lower and in adjacent bowls capture in Styrofoam is always lower.
Not sure why, both are bright white....possibly bees can climb out of Styrofoam more easily, but no sign of soggy bees on or near the cups.
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
Some Glad Morning
One day, something very old
happened again. The green
came back to the branches,
settling like leafy birds
on the highest twigs;
the ground broke open
as dark as coffee beans.
The clouds took up their
positions in the deep stadium
of the sky, gloving the
bright orb of the sun
before they pitched it
over the horizon.
It was as good as ever:
the air was filled
with the scent of lilac
s and cherry blossoms
sounded their long
whistle down the track
It was some glad morning.
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