Thanks to both of you for the tips. I suspect from what you've said that I'll be able to examine some up close and then get a sortof gestalt eye for it.
Subject: Re: [beemonitoring] Hesperapis oraris field ID tips?
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2010 13:55:13 -0400Dave The very flat abdomen should be a great field mark...at least in the net. sam
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in your life
more wonderful than the way the sun,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone--
and how it slides again out of the blackness,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance--
and have you ever felt for anything
such wild love--
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure that fills you,
as the sun
as it warms you as you stand there,
or have you too
turned from this world-- or have you too
for things? - Mary Oliver
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|Date:||10/07/2010 12:17 PM|
|Subject:||[beemonitoring] Hesperapis oraris field ID tips?|
I'm sure that I can ID it under a scope, but the one picture of it that I've seen made me wonder how to tell it apart from superficially similar spp in the field and it will not be feasible to just collect every bee that comes to its host flower and sort them out later. Part of the reason that I'd like to find some sort of good field characters is that I would like to try to get some non-entomologists looking for this sp. Thanks.