PA/NJ Lithurgus chrysurus update.
- Hi Fellow Bee-People:
I wanted to send out an update on our progress with the Lithurgus
chrysurus pilot survey in Eastern PA and Western NJ. To date, we
have confirmed (with specimens) 6 sites in 3 counties in PA (Lehigh,
Northampton and Carbon) and have one possible record from 2006 in
Bucks County. In NJ, Sam Droege has confirmed 4 sites in 3 counties
in NJ (Warren, Hunterdon and Somerset). So far, all of the sites (in
PA, at least) have occurred along active railroad tracks (except
Lehigh Gap, which is now a hike/bike trail past the Lehigh Gap
Environmental Center, but just across the Lehigh River from an active
rail-line). We have a possibility of a few leads on nest sites and
are seeking funding for next summer (in PA).
If anyone has an update on New Jersey in the last month or so, please
let us know. In both cases, we could use some more help, as the
Centaurea maculosa bloom is waning.
PA Native Bee Survey
PA Department of Agriculture - Apiary Section
I can add negative results from 4 sites in Berks County and one in Pike County. The Berks County blooms were also near railroad lines, but the one in Pike County was on a section of I-84. Blooms at two ramps plus a section nearby with safety fencing.
A lot of bumble bees (not yet identified) and a few honey bees, but nothing at all like Lithurgus.