In the quiet holiday time I have been
catching up with my identification backlog and that has resulted in some
District of Columbia - A relatively
short list of records for this region considering that the Smithsonian
is located here. Past regional collection, however, concentrated
in Northern Virginia, along the Potomac River just above and outside of
the District, and in the Beltsville, Maryland area.
Nomada australis - Sidwell Friends
School in NW DC
Lasioglossum atlanticum - Sidwell
Lasioglossum quebecense - Sidwell
Note that Sidwell Friends School sits
on the edge of Rock Creek Park in NW Washington and has been putting out
bowls for the past few years and with relatively little effort has managed
to establish 10-15 new District Records....yes, that means there are likely
new records in your back yard too...
Lasioglossum cinctipes - Far
western Maryland on the Allegheny Plateau by Sam Droege (John Ascher is
looking into a possible additional specimen from a picture he obtained
in Cecil County). A northern species.
Megachile mucida - A gorgeous
male with huge inflated front tibia - Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife
Refuge by Sam Droege
Colletes validus - Several males
collected this past March one of the worlds record long malar spaces....over
2 times the width of the mandible base. Carolina Sandhills National
Wildlife Refuge by Sam Droege
Lasioglossum raleighense - A
relatively uncommon species that pops up here and there in the South, particularly
on the Coastal Plain. Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
by Sam Droege
Mystery Map - answers at the
Sam Droege sdroege@usgs. gov
w 301-497-5840 h 301-390-7759 fax 301-497-5624
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
BARC-EAST, BLDG 308, RM 124 10300 Balt. Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705
THE FORCE THAT THROUGH THE GREEN FUSE
DRIVES THE FLOWER
The force that through the green fuse
drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.
And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose
My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.
The force that drives the water through
Drives my red blood; that dries the mouthing streams
Turns mine to wax.
And I am dumb to mouth unto my veins
How at the mountain spring the same mouth sucks.
The hand that whirls the water in the
Stirs the quicksand; that ropes the blowing wind
Hauls my shroud sail.
And I am dumb to tell the hanging man
How of my clay is made the hangman's lime.
The lips of time leech to the fountain
Love drips and gathers, but the fallen blood
Shall calm her sores.
And I am dumb to tell a weather's wind
How time has ticked a heaven round the stars.
And I am dumb to tell the lover's tomb
How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm.
- Dylan Thomas
Bees are not optional.
Two closely related introduced species.
Note the spotty distribution of M. rotundata... which seems to prefer
urban areas. The M. apicalis were all collected off of its primary