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Re: [beemonitoring] BIML updates - New State Records DC, SC, MD - Mystery Map #2

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  • Jack Neff
    Colletes validus has a large malar space but you might want to check out Xeromelissa rozeni for one of the truely great malar spaces.  Not a common bee in
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 5, 2010
      Colletes validus has a large malar space but you might want to check out Xeromelissa rozeni for one of the truely great malar spaces.  Not a common bee in collections but I believe one is pictured on the homepage of Amro Zayed (amrozayed.com).  
      best

      Jack


      John L. Neff
      Central Texas Melittological Institute
      7307 Running Rope
      Austin,TX 78731 USA
      512-345-7219

      --- On Tue, 12/29/09, Sam Droege <sdroege@...> wrote:

      From: Sam Droege <sdroege@...>
      Subject: [beemonitoring] BIML updates - New State Records DC, SC, MD - Mystery Map #2
      To: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 11:19 AM

       


      All:

      In the quiet holiday time I have been catching up with my identification backlog and that has resulted in some new records.

      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...

      Maryland -

      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.  

      South Carolina

      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 bottom



      Sam Droege  sdroege@usgs. gov                      
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      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 the rocks
      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 pool
      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 head;
      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



      P Bees are not optional.

      Answer:

      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 pollen plant...Knapweed.

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