New Version of the Very Handy Bee Manual Now Available
A new version of the Very Handy Bee Manual is now online, replacing the version of June 2009. This manual provides guidance on the capture, monitoring, identification, and curation of native bees.
You can download the pdf at:
The pdf and Word document at:
Both documents via ftp at:
Lots of new additions so please replace you old manuals.
Additions and corrections always welcome.
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
The Identification of Grasses
A grass can be "glumey" in more ways than one,
When its classification remains to be done;
You pull off the parts, and soon feel your age
Chasing them over the microscope stage!
You peer through the lenses at all of the bracts
And hope your decisions agree with the facts;
While you oculist chortles with avid delight
As you strain both your eyes in the dim table light.
You are left on the horns of quite a dilemma
When you count the nerves on the back of the lemma;
Then you really get snoopy and turn each on turtle
To see if the flower is sterile or fertile.
And then the compression, no problem is meaner -
Is it flat like your wallet or round like a wiener?
"How simple," you think, "for a mind that is keen"-
But what do you do when it's half-way between?
You probe and you guess how the florets will shatter,
For you know later on it is certain to matter;
You long for the calmness of labor that's manual
When the question arises-"perennial" or "annual"?
And that terrible texture, the meanest of all,
Is one of the pitfalls in which you can fall;
"Cartilaginous" maybe-or is it "chartaceous"?
Has even the experts exclaiming "Good gracious!"
Then you wail as you wade through the long tribal key,
"Oh, why must his awful thing happen to me?"
"Grasses are easy," our teacher declares,
As he mops off a brow that is crowned with gray hairs!
P Bees are not optional.