RE: [beemonitoring] Keying out bee species
Is Faith Kuehn still at the Delaware Dept. of Agriculture? She did a lot of work with native bees a few years ago, and could probably direct you to local resources. A local reference collection is really important.
Here is some of Faith’s work in Delaware: http://dda.delaware.gov/publications/plant_industries/Bee%20Guide_07.pdf
I assume you’ve looked in your own department? Looks like there is some Apis expertise there. Do they work with other species? If there is an agricultural extension office in the area, you might contact them. I’ve found that people with a broad range of professional and personal expertise lurk in the extension.
John Fleckenstein, zoologist
Natural Heritage Program
Department of Natural Resources
John.Fleckenstein at dnr.wa.gov
I have a collection of native bees that are in dire need of keying out down to species. I have attempted to utilize DiscoverLife but I haven't found much help with it. What kind of resources have people found to be particularly useful? The collection is part of my master's thesis on abundance, diversity, and pollination efforts of native bees in urban forest fragments. Thank you for your time!
M. S. Candidate
Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
University of Delaware