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RE: [beemonitoring] Re: Specimen preparation

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  • Zarrillo, Tracy
    Hi Nicholas, I was wondering if you can post a photo(s) of your tea-ball/electric pump method of hair-styling . I have tried without success to rig up a
    Message 1 of 8 , Jul 2, 2011
      Hi Nicholas,

      I was wondering if you can post a photo(s) of your tea-ball/electric pump method of "hair-styling". I have tried without success to rig up a variety of drying methods to save time, such as turning an old seed cleaner into a 'salon', and jerry-rigging a stand for my blow-dryer and drying jar out of a sink drying rack. Most genera did dry well with the drying rack set up, however Bombus required more TLC. I have not found a more satisfactory way to get them to fluff up save putting them into a jar, manually shaking them up like a cocktail, and blowdrying them for at least 3-5 minutes. I have even gone through the trouble of making "dryer balls" out of paper towels to add a bit more friction for the stubborn ones. As I am going to have lots of Bombus this field season to deal with, my colleagues and I are desperate to find an efficient method to deal with drying these fusspots. Thanks for the idea!


      Tracy Zarrillo
      The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
      123 Huntington Street
      New Haven, CT 06511
      (203) 974-8473

      From: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com [beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Nicholas Stewart [nick.s2art@...]
      Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 5:04 AM
      To: Ray K Geroff; mm.entomology@...; Stewart; Sam Droege; John Pickering; bd7954@...; David.Drons@...; beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [beemonitoring] Re: Specimen preparation

      Hello again,

      As do I - well, my designated 'bee-hair-stylists'' - only washing once in succinct increments of whatever samples at hand (discrete, individual samples - I urge no mixing) fight within each of the nine tea-strainer-balls accounting for (1) session. 30sec - 1min of good shaking within warm-soapy water, followed by another 30 sec-1 min of shaking in non-soapy water, ultimately culminating in the portion from which I get the most negative feedback about: the hair drying. This, while the tea-balls help to cut potential loss/damages to zero, the act of drying is by far the most vital to the whole process properly being performed. But, without proper drying, all that time having washed & dried has become a complete waste/useless, as its that swift current of consistent warm air that tufts the hair up so nicely, many ultimately look as if they've been plucked straight from a flower!

      Rather than devote all that individual, intensive man-hour power to literally blow-drying the tea-balls, I've implemented the use of electric pumps, like those sold w/ (and separately) air mattresses - these powerful little devils make quick work of nine-tea-balls w/out any direct attention beyond hanging the balls & flicking the switch. In fact, that one implement revolutionized the process midway through determinations in 2010, taking two to three devoted team members off an all day, three days a week chore, & the productivity of the four dryers we've finally maxed out on now trump my own taxonomic prowess/speed - again freeing my helpers to myriad other things (&/or more grant money which can be used on field work payrolls)!
      Nicholas G. Stewart
      Georgia Native Fruit Tree -----------------------------------------------------------------------
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      On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 7:00 PM, Ray K Geroff <rk-geroff@...<mailto:rk-geroff@...>> wrote:

      I would say your answer is no to having to wash them a second time, I wash them and store them and then just dry them right out of the ETOH.


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "David J Drons" <David.Drons@...<mailto:David.Drons%40sdstate.edu>>
      To: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com<mailto:beemonitoring%40yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2011 6:48:47 PM
      Subject: [beemonitoring] Re: Specimen preparation

      I have no idea why my earlier reply did not get posted.

      The alcohol replaces the water, allowing the bees to dry a bit faster.

      Wash, rinse, alcohol rinse, dry.

      good luck

      - David Drons

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