MP3 Sounds files available for pronouncing North American Bee Genera
The English language leaves a lot to be desired in terms of both spelling and pronunciation. It is certainly flexible and has plenty of capacity to adopt new words and create new ones at the drop of the hat, but it is also irritating in that there are only general rules rather than absolutes in regards to spelling and pronunciation. This pattern unfortunately has carried over to the cultural pronunciation of the scientific names of bee genera. Pronunciation varies between the U.S. and Canada and is often very different from European pronunciations. Latin America (as far as I am aware) is very civilized using classic Latin pronunciations.
To help those who must adapt to U.S. dialectical quirks, I have created a series of MP3 files that you can download at:
They come in 3 resolutions.
High = 5mb
Medium = 2mb
Low = 1mb
Low really does have rather poor quality, but does squeeze the file size down quite a bit.
So now you can put them on your iPod and listen to them while you work!
I am in the process of creating webinars for bee identification and other aspects on working with bees and those will be presented on Slideshare, hopefully I will get at least one going by the end of the week.
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
The Plover and the Clover can be told
apart with ease,
By paying close attention to the
habits of the Bees,
For ento-molo-gists aver, the Bee
can be in clover,
While ety-molo-gists concur, there
is no B in Plover.
-Robert Williams Wood - The Clover and the Plover