RE: [beemonitoring] Re: Bees and Roadkill
- I've seen the early and evening crew of ravens cleaning up roadkill in many places in the north. The majority of specimens were odonata, bumble bees, beetles and large flies, but these volumes changed in the accompanying habitat adjacent to the road such as open field, forest or wetland. Even forest fire areas produced more buprestids than anything else. Of course I collected several specimens and was always surprised at the species I collected on the road when all day I hadn't seen them in their particular habitat.Gord Hutchings
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of pollinator2001
Sent: Monday, 11, February, 2013 16:08 PM
Subject: [beemonitoring] Re: Bees and Roadkill
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, wrote:
>Once I was driving down a gravel road in Iowa and noticed tettigoniid grasshoppers (mainly Orchelimum vulgare, which I was studying) feasting on acridid roadkill â€" most large female acridids had a scavenger!
> Another source of error is scavenging on dead insects.
Fire ants will quickly dispose of dead insects in the South of the US.
Dave Green, Ret. pollination contractor
>This recalls when I observed house sparrows in a parking lot inI have seen this too with a Mockingbird that had obviously learned to
>Gatlinburg Tennessee years ago, hopping up onto car radiators in
>back of their front grills, scavenging dead insects.
watch each car as it came in and that grabbed butterflies off my
grill before I could even get out of my car. I don't know how one
would count the bees that ended up this way.