Re: [beemonitoring] Re: The Soap Collecting Jar
- BillSF9c et al.,
Is this valid for bees that have been in soapy water "all day,"
bounced around in a shirt pocket, or just those... "under an hour?"
I think it's true even for those bounced around in a shirt pocket. Unless of course you're doing some major jumping jacks. I collect what's in the bowls (in soapy water 24-28 hrs), carry it around in netting for half hour or so, until I get back to the "lab in the car" and then put them in alcohol, whirl-paked. More bouncing around in alcohol. And you still have to vigorously shake for at least 60 secs in a small fruit jar in soapy water again. Plus a number of rinses. Even then, I still have some pollen in some corners, expecially the most hairy items.
Enough to id the pollen? I'd think so.
Your post was the most eeasily, observed...! ;>)))
>Sam et al.concerted
>RE washing pollen off of soapy water collected bees. It takes some
efforts to shake up these bees in soapy water for washing off the
Vigorous shaking for at least one minute, and that doesn't always do
one is just netting a bee and dropping it into soapy water for killing,
you would lose all of the pollen. Maybe a pellet, yes, but not whats
>USDA, ARS retired
After reading about the concern regarding pollen loss when bees are collected and transported, I have to ask; Are ther standardized methods for collecting pollen fron collected bees and what references are out there to identify pollen (especially from the western United States).