All: Was working with Gary Alpert this last week. Gary is an ant kingpin and full of good ideas. He showed me a very clever specimen holder made from a ping
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, Oct 18, 2011
Was working with Gary Alpert this last
week. Gary is an ant kingpin and full of good ideas.
He showed me a very clever specimen
holder made from a ping pong ball filled with plaster of paris.
You place the plaster filled ball in
a large heavy washer of some kind and like a track ball you can swivel
it around to get the best look at your bee.
While not a fan of using platforms to
ID bees, this is useful for some circumstances and beats all other stands
1. Buy a ping pong ball
2. Drill small hole in said ball
3. Mix a fairly liquid batch of
plaster of paris
4. Quickly transfer plaster of
paris to ping pong ball using a syringe or eye dropper
5. Wash equipment immediately
6. Wait for pp ball to dry
7. Drill a small hold in plaster
8. Plug with clay
9. Optional: paint photographer
10. Set ball in washer
11. Put specimen in clay
12. Pivot as desired
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
SLUG IN WOODS
For eyes he waves greentipped
taut horns of slime. They dipped,
hours back, across a reef,
a salmonberry leaf.
Then strained to grope past fin
of spruce. Now eyes suck in
as though the hemlock butts
of his day's ledge there cuts
a vixen chipmunk. Stilled
is he - green mucus chilled,
or blotched and soapy stone,
pinguid in moss, alone.
Hours on, he will resume
his silver scrawl, illume
his palimpsest, emboss
his diver's line across
that waving green illim-
itable seafloor. Slim
young jay his sudden shark;
the wrecks he skirts are dark
and fungussed firlogs, whom
spirea sprays emplume,
encoral. Dew his shell,
while mounting boles foretell
of isles in dappled air
fathoms above his care.
Azygous muted life,
himself his viscid wife,
foodward he noses cold beneath his sea.
So spends a summer's jasper century.
- Earle Birney
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