2617RE: [beemonitoring] More bee tips
- Mar 11, 2013Happy Spring Everyone!
Our lab has come up with a pretty good method for non-destructive trap-nesting which we detail on our citizen science web page at http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/ellis/nativebuzz/step3.aspx or more easily shared through the link www.UFNativeBuzz.com .
We also have a fairly active online community at www.facebook.com/NBNSProject which I invite you all to join.
Best wishes for a productive bee-season!
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 08:19:52 -0700
Subject: [beemonitoring] More bee tips
To go along with Sam's list:
if you use whirlpaks to keep samples in from pan trap arrays,
pre-label them first before going in the field, it'll make running
your line go a lot faster;
the wide apperature opening funnels used for adding oil to your car
engine work good for pouring bees into whirl paks, drying tubes, etc.
Any auto parts store should have them;
test your field labels before using them, rub your finger on them to
make sure the ink doesn't rub off (we barely avoided a disaster a week
if you wash and dry bees, use a good conditioning shampoo (store-brand
Pert for example). It rinses fast and makes the hairs separate and
stand up naturally;
If you use a blow dryer to dry bees be sure to tape the temperature
control in the cool position, it is easy to slip and end up baking
bees (if this happens, resoak them in water for a while, that will
actually rehydrate enough do they aren't too brittle to pin).
To avoid Dialictus and Perdita, strain your samples through a tennis
racket (just kidding, seeing if anyone is actually reading these).
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Southwest Forest Science Complex, Bldg. 82 West
2500 South Pine Knoll Drive
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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