RE: [beemonitoring] Spring beauty locations? [2 Attachments]
There are good populations of Spring Beauty at Great Falls Park in northern VA and also across the Potomac in the Carderock area of the C & O Canal in MD. I'm sure there are other parks in the Washington area which have good populations as well. You might check "Finding Wildflowers in the Baltimore Washington Area" by Cris Fleming and Marion Lobstein for additional locations. This is a little more than an hour away from Catoctin Mountain Park which Becky recommends.
I'm also curious why you call Andrena erigeniae, a specialist pollinator of Spring Beauty. It's specific name would imply that it pollinates Harbinger of Spring (Erigenia bulbosa) which blooms over a much shorter period and earlier than Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica). Harbinger of Spring can be found at the two parks I've mentioned above and they are sometimes associated with Spring Beauty but Spring Beauty blooms over a much longer period and usually starts a little later.
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2010 15:39:48 -0500
Subject: Re: [beemonitoring] Spring beauty locations? [2 Attachments]
[Attachment(s) from becky_loncosky@... included below] Hello Alison,
Here at Catoctin Mountain Park in northern Maryland there is a good population of spring beauties. I even did some collecting of bees in an area where there are a lot of spring beauties using bowls. I have not IDéd the bees from that group yet, so I can't tell you if the bee you are interested in was among those collected. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in pursuing a research permit.
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[beemonitoring] Spring beauty
03/09/2010 03:07 locations?
I'm a graduate student studying Claytonia virginica (spring beauty) and it's specialist pollinator, Andrena erigeniae. I'm working in various locations this year, and would like to add to the list. If you know of a location that has a large population and/or high density of spring beauties, I'd really appreciate hearing about it! In particular, I am interested in relatively intact locations that would be conducive to fieldwork (state parks, reserves, etc), and I'm especially interested in populations in Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York, or southern Ontario.
Thanks very much,
PhD student, Thomson lab
University of Toronto
25 Harbord Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3G5 Canada
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- This is almost certainly one of the many cases where a bee was named for the plant it was first collected on, rather than something it was actually host specific to. Calliopsis helianthi is an oligolege of Euphorbiaceae, not sunflowers; Andrena astragali is a specialist on Zigadenus, not Astragalus and so forth.bestJackJohn L. Neff
Central Texas Melittological Institute
7307 Running Rope
Austin,TX 78731 USA