Re: [beemonitoring] Re: Book Recommendation? [1 Attachment]
- I was probably being overly harsh on Stephen et al. Its a good key for the genera of bees of the Northwestern America (at least if one updates the systematics). However, for me, identifying bees is taking them to species and as yet there is no western equivalent of Mitchell. One certainly has to be able to get things to genus first, but in a group like the bees where many of the genera are gigantic, genus-level ids are only a baby step.bestJackJohn L. Neff
Central Texas Melittological Institute
7307 Running Rope
Austin,TX 78731 USA
From: Rob Irwin <robsbugs@...>
Sent: Sunday, August 4, 2013 4:07 PM
Subject: [beemonitoring] Re: Book Recommendation? [1 Attachment]
I've been trying to identify native California bees for a while, and
also Stephen et al (1969) to be incredibly useful when starting out.
And although the systematics are antediluvian, you can find the modern
names with some elbow grease. I checked each family, subfamily, and
genus presented on page 32 against the Hymenopteran Name Server
(http://osuc.biosci.ohio-state.edu/ ). Attached is a scan of my
chicken scratch reconciling the systematics on page 32 with the modern
So, if you run through the keys in Stephen et al., you need to check the
genus against the fixed systematics, or just enter it into the
Hymenopteran Name Server and find out what its modern name is.
Once you get familiar with Stephen et al's keys, its not such a big leap
to try the DiscoverLife.org bee keys.