Another marking method
- A recent interchange on the listserv discussed a new marking method for
bees using microdots (Whitehead and Peakall 2012). I was very pleased to
learn about the microdots but I thought the bee community might be
interested in a useful technique I developed for my PhD work on stoneflies.
In that work I individually tagged over 2000 Pteronarcys nymphs using tiny
numbered tags attached with gel type superglue. The basic idea is to print
a spreadsheet of numbers, photomechanically reduce it to tiny size, print
it on plastic paper, and then attach with superglue. The method was
developed for and tested on aquatic insects but works like a charm on
aerial fliers. Gel-type super glue is particularly valuable and my paper
describes various aspects of its use.
(See attached file: Freilich 1989 JNABS Tagging.pdf)
Jerry Freilich, Ph.D.
Research Coordinator, Olympic National Park
Director, North Coast & Cascades Science Learning Network
Olympic National Park
600 E. Park Ave.
Port Angeles, WA 98362
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