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2617RE: [beemonitoring] More bee tips

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  • jason graham
    Mar 11, 2013
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      Happy 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!

      Jason R. Graham
      Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory
      Department of Entomology and Nematology
      University of Florida
      Bldg 970 Natural Area Drive
      PO Box 110620 Gainesville, FL 32611-0620
      Phone (352) 519-9592
      Fax (352) 392-0190

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      From: David_r_smith@...
      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).

      Dave Smith
      U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      Southwest Forest Science Complex, Bldg. 82 West
      2500 South Pine Knoll Drive
      Flagstaff, AZ 86001
      (928) 556-2183

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