This is a very lovely paper.
Its nice in that it demonstrates a combination
of old fashioned natural history-boots-on-the-ground, good taxonomy, a
thorough search of the history along with associated collections and consultations
with workers in the field.
This discovery also points out that
there is much to be learned about the bee world, even in the "well-studied"
East. Furthermore this paper immediately calls attention to both
a landscape that is endangered (the Lake Wales Ridge of Florida) and very
specific components within that landscape that were not necessarily on
the radar screen prior to this compilation (an obscure nectar plant as
well as a residual and not very sexy looking habitat). It also points
out an immediate need for additional information (what is the current status
of these species? .... How do we manage these plants and environments to
secure what are obviously rare and vulnerable species?).
So it goes, and I am encouraged by how
much more information on bee conservation, taxonomy, surveys, and general
interest there is these days.
Good work all.
Sam Droege sdroege@...
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USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
BARC-EAST, BLDG 308, RM 124 10300 Balt.
Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705
You led me to sling my rifle
Over my shoulder when its bayonet was
On Leyte, in the jungle. It hit a hornets'
And I fell down
Screaming. The hornets attacked me,
The corporal, said "Soldier get
off your ass!"
Later the same day, I stepped on a booby
That was badly wired. You
Had been there too.
Thank you. It didn't explode.
|From:||Molly Rightmyer <molly_rightmyer@...>|
|Date:||12/13/2011 01:55 PM|
|Subject:||[beemonitoring] New species of Osmia
Sam suggested that the members of this listserve
might be interested to see the following paper describing a new species
of Osmia (Megachilidae) from Florida. It can be downloaded for free
from the Zookeys website.