RE: [beemonitoring] More bee tips
- Happy Spring Everyone!
Our lab has come up with a pretty good method for non-destructive trap-nesting which we detail on our citizen science web page at http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/ellis/nativebuzz/step3.aspx or more easily shared through the link www.UFNativeBuzz.com .
We also have a fairly active online community at www.facebook.com/NBNSProject which I invite you all to join.
Best wishes for a productive bee-season!
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 08:19:52 -0700
Subject: [beemonitoring] More bee tips
To go along with Sam's list:
if you use whirlpaks to keep samples in from pan trap arrays,
pre-label them first before going in the field, it'll make running
your line go a lot faster;
the wide apperature opening funnels used for adding oil to your car
engine work good for pouring bees into whirl paks, drying tubes, etc.
Any auto parts store should have them;
test your field labels before using them, rub your finger on them to
make sure the ink doesn't rub off (we barely avoided a disaster a week
if you wash and dry bees, use a good conditioning shampoo (store-brand
Pert for example). It rinses fast and makes the hairs separate and
stand up naturally;
If you use a blow dryer to dry bees be sure to tape the temperature
control in the cool position, it is easy to slip and end up baking
bees (if this happens, resoak them in water for a while, that will
actually rehydrate enough do they aren't too brittle to pin).
To avoid Dialictus and Perdita, strain your samples through a tennis
racket (just kidding, seeing if anyone is actually reading these).
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Southwest Forest Science Complex, Bldg. 82 West
2500 South Pine Knoll Drive
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
>if you use whirlpaks to keep samples in from pan trap arrays,Two (or all three) of the problems above are avoidable concerns;
>pre-label them first before going in the field, it'll make running
>your line go a lot faster;
>the wide apperature opening funnels used for adding oil to your car
>engine work good for pouring bees into whirl paks, drying tubes, etc.
>Any auto parts store should have them;
>test your field labels before using them, rub your finger on them to
>make sure the ink doesn't rub off (we barely avoided a disaster a week
pieces of paper that have been written on with pencil are the best
possible whirlpak labels (we often get whirlpaks sent to us by
researchers where some ethanol leaked and obliterated the writing on
the outside of the bags). Nothing dissolves pencil, and it does not
rub off easily.
If the paper you write on is one of those paper paint-straining
funnels, then everything is even simpler; you pour the trap samples
thru the filter, write with pencil on the filter itself, then stick
the filter and its contents into a whirlpak. Done properly, this
technique can be used to facilitate trap-lining the same set of traps
over time without having to refill any, or overfilling the whirlpaks
- run from one end of the trap-line to the other, pouring the liquid
thru the filter into an empty trap, and using the same filter for the
same trap each time. We use this procedure when we do BioBlitz
traplines (the only trick there is that the paint strainers will
sometimes let Mymarids and Trichogrammatids through).
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
"There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82