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  • Sam Droege
    All: A new version of the Handy Bee Manual is out (Last Version was October 2010). This manual is designed to help guide the capture, processing,
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      All:

      A new version of the  Handy Bee Manual is out (Last Version was October 2010).   This manual is designed to help guide the capture, processing, monitoring, identification, and curation of bees and bee specimens.  We have updated many sections so please replace your past versions.

      Many thanks to all the contributors for their efforts.  Additions and corrections are always welcome.

      A Copy of the Table of Contents is Below:

      Where to Find Bees ................................................................................................................................................ 2
      Killing Bees to Study Them ..................................................................................................................................... 2
      Nets......................................................................................................................................................................... 2
      Netting Technique .................................................................................................................................................. 3
      Removing Bees From the Net ................................................................................................................................. 4
      Using Ice and Dry Ice .............................................................................................................................................. 5
      Catching Bees on Flowers with Baggies and Kill Jars .............................................................................................. 5
      Bee Vacuum ............................................................................................................................................................ 5
      Chlorocresol Humidor ............................................................................................................................................. 8
      Pinning 101: ............................................................................................................................................................ 9
      Labels .................................................................................................................................................................... 11
      Pens ...................................................................................................................................................................... 17
      Entering Specimen Data ....................................................................................................................................... 17
      Microscopes .......................................................................................................................................................... 18
      The Bee Bowl Trap ................................................................................................................................................ 20
      Glycol Pan or Bowl Traps ...................................................................................................................................... 27
      Flower Traps ......................................................................................................................................................... 28
      Trap Holders ......................................................................................................................................................... 29
      Field Trip Checklist ................................................................................................................................................ 30
      Bee Monitoring Discussion List and Announcements .......................................................................................... 30
      Quick Bee Survey Protocol ................................................................................................................................... 30
      Processing Bees that Have Been Stored in Alcohol of Glycol................................................................................ 31
      Cleaning Bees that Have Gotten Moldy ................................................................................................................ 35
      Re-hydrating Bees that have Been Pinned ............................................................................................................ 35
      Inexpensive, but Powerful LED and Florescent Light Sources .............................................................................. 35
      How to Make a Pizza Insect Pinning Box .............................................................................................................. 36
      T. Mitchell’s Guide to the Bees of the Eastern United States ............................................................................... 38
      Mike Arduser’s Keys ............................................................................................................................................. 39
      Canadian Identification Guides ............................................................................................................................ 39
      Stylopized Bees ..................................................................................................................................................... 44
      Taking Pictures of Bees with the COOLPIX 990 .................................................................................................... 45
      Affixing bee wings to microscope slides ............................................................................................................... 52
      Taxes and Specimens Donations (U.S.) ................................................................................................................. 53
      North American (North of Mexico) Introduced and Alien Bee Species ................................................................ 53
      Mini-summary of the Genera of Eastern North American Bees ........................................................................... 55
      Pronunciation Guide to the Bee Genera of the United States and Canada (and Selected Subgenera) ............... 62
      Glossary of Bee Taxonomic Terms ........................................................................................................................ 66
      Bee Body Part Figures ........................................................................................................................................... 69



      You can download the file as a pdf, .docx, or .doc file.  You can distribution, repost, or modify and use however you please and do not need our permission.


      There are currently 3 sites where the files can be downloaded:

      http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/nativebees/Handy%20Bee%20Manual/Handy%20Bee%20Manual.pdf
      http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/nativebees/Handy%20Bee%20Manual/Handy%20Bee%20Manual.docx

      All 3 file types are available at:
      http://faculty.elmira.edu/dkjar/

      All 3 file types can be downloaded via ftp at:

      ftp://ftpext.usgs.gov/pub/er/md/laurel/Droege/Handy%20Bee%20Manual.pdf
      ftp://ftpext.usgs.gov/pub/er/md/laurel/Droege/Handy%20Bee%20Manual.docx
      ftp://ftpext.usgs.gov/pub/er/md/laurel/Droege/Handy%20Bee%20Manual.doc

      sam

      Sam Droege  sdroege@...                      
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      USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
      BARC-EAST, BLDG 308, RM 124 10300 Balt. Ave., Beltsville, MD  20705
      Http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov

      Spring Storm 

      The sky has given over 
      its bitterness. 
      Out of the dark change 
      all day long 
      rain falls and falls 
      as if it would never end. 
      Still the snow keeps 
      its hold on the ground. 
      But water, water 
      from a thousand runnels! 
      It collects swiftly, 
      dappled with black 
      cuts a way for itself 
      through green ice in the gutters. 
      Drop after drop it falls 
      from the withered grass-stems 
      of the overhanging embankment.


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