Eastern North American Andrena Guides
Leah Larkin (U New Mexico) and a number of other people have been working on creating online guides to the genus Andrena. At this point the guides can be considered to be highly functional for all the Eastern North American species with some odds and ends issues regarding some difficult to tell apart species groups (e.g. Trachandrena males) that may take quite a while to fully resolve. In any case we would be very interested in your feedback on these guides and you should feel free to post your comments to the listserve.
Females are located at:
General guidance on using the guides for those who have not already done so can be found at:
The main web page for bee information is at:
Sam Droege Sam_Droege@...
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
Such power in the naming of things -
to walk out in the greensward pronouncing
goldfinch, lilac, oriental poppy -
as if the shaping of the thing in sound
produced a pleasure like the sight of things
as if the house finch winters in the mock-orange is
as tasty an intelligence to the lips and ears as
the sight of a small purple bird in December is
perched in a thicket of bald branches.
June you remember: the white blossoms, yellow
jackets, the fresh scent of heaven.
And other incarnations to be named:
nuthatch, magnolia, coreopsis, rose.
Surely this was God's first gift of godliness -
that new index finger working over the globe
assigning from the noisy void those fresh,
orderly syllables. Ocean, garden,
helpmate, tree of knowledge.
Making came easy, creation
a breeze. But oh, that dizzy pleasure when
God said Eve and the woman looked heavenward.
-Heavenward by Thomas Lynch