Re: [beemonitoring] Bombus affinis apparently alive and well on Beaver Island in Michigan!
This is very interesting and very important - given the number of almost extinct organisms that remain on small islands!
I do not know this place at all, is there any agriculture on it, much human movement to and from it?
If it's a really small island then the large numbers of individuals could actually be the result of just a couple of queens and may not be sustainable.
--- On Mon, 8/15/11, Julianna Tuell <tuelljul@...> wrote:
From: Julianna Tuell <tuelljul@...>
Subject: [beemonitoring] Bombus affinis apparently alive and well on Beaver Island in Michigan!
To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Received: Monday, August 15, 2011, 11:37 AM
Hello - just wanted to share some interesting news about one of the bumble bee species that has been of concern lately here in the eastern US. My colleague, Nate Walton, collected a Bombus affinis worker from Beaver Island over the weekend and said that he noticed that they were very abundant there. It is the only new specimen I've seen from Michigan since I began collecting bees for my research 8 years ago. It is exciting to think that at least one remnent population is being sheltered on an island in the Great Lakes, if not on the mainland!
Julianna Tuell, Ph.D.
Department of Entomology
Michigan State University
202 CIPS Bldg.
East Lansing, MI 48824
Email: tuelljul@... or tuelljul@...