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  • Hi All, Are there any design plans or more detailed descriptions available of Brian Dykstra's Plexiglass bee observer? I have used tic-tac boxes for small fish and tadpoles. Bit I like the idea of a sponge presser to make the bee sit still. Thanks Dave On Sat, May 2, 2015 at 4:41 AM, 'Droege, Sam' sdroege@^$1 [beemonitoring] < beemonitoring-noreply@^$2 > wrote: All The Very Handy...
    Smith, David May 4, 2015
  • To go along with Sam's list: if you use whirlpaks to keep samples in from pan trap arrays, pre-label them first before going in the field, it'll make running your line go a lot faster; the wide apperature opening funnels used for adding oil to your car engine work good for pouring bees into whirl paks, drying tubes, etc. Any auto parts store should have them; test your field labels...
    Smith, David Mar 11, 2013
  • I couldn't agree more with Virginia's recent post on the value of collecting the voulcher specimens. There are some bees I could probably ID if they were live and bouncing around in a plastic vial or even chilled. But I wouldn't bet the ranch on those IDs. A diversity study is only as good as the accuracy of the species ID. I send specimens to studbnts working on genera revisions...
    David_r_smith@fws.gov Nov 8, 2012
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  • Hi Peter, How accurate would pollen analysis per bee individual be expected if the sample is from a pan trap or cup? Considering the potential for very diverse bee and other flower-visiting insects; isn't contamination (pollen from one insect attaching to another species) a concern? I think the fractionator appears pretty gentle compared to shaking the daylights out of a sample in...
    David_r_smith@fws.gov Jul 31, 2012
  • Tracy, I also use Ace fluorescent spray paints, but use the plastic primer first. The primer comes in blue and yellow. I leave my 12 oz stadium cups out for a week at a time, once a month from April to October. I have been using the same cups since 2009. The cups are starting to get a little brittle now, but for the most part are still functioning as of last trapping session in...
    David_r_smith@fws.gov May 8, 2012
  • When someone successfully fills a requisition with their agency for enough beer, schnapps or rum to do a full seasons bee inventory, let me know how you did it. My supervisor will just laugh at me. Dave
    David_r_smith@fws.gov Mar 1, 2012
  • OK in order to standardize our surveys, which brand or type of beer is everyone going to use? Dark, NA, IPA, Coors Light (nah, even bees have better taste than that) etc. We all use the same blue Dawn dish soap right? Dave
    David_r_smith@fws.gov Mar 1, 2012
  • Hi John. Your comment on the importance of malar length in ID'ing Bombus is exactly why I am not sure these new Bumble bee guides (Eastern and Western) isn't always going to be foolproof in Bombus identification. (Unless the person has incredible eyesight) Even with a pinned species, using DiscoverLife webpage, it isn't always clearcut which species you are looking at. I know...
    David_r_smith@fws.gov Feb 27, 2012
  • ...beemonitoring@^$3 > [mailto:beemonitoring@^$4] *On Behalf Of *Laurence Packer > *Sent:* Thursday, February 09, 2012 2:52 PM > *To:* David_R_Smith@^$5 > *Cc:* beemonitoring@^$6; ksh1@^$7; nlr2@^$8; Sam > Droege > *Subject:* Re: [beemonitoring] Raised vs Ground Bowl Traps...
    David_r_smith@fws.gov Feb 13, 2012
  • Hi Julie, Check out the Xerces Society website. They have plenty of resources for what you are looking for. I have given numerous bee talks. If you can, prepare a number of bee blocks to take with you. They will go like hot cakes, believe me. It is one thing to suggest habitat people can create for bees, it works better if you provide it. If you coordinate with the group that is...
    David_r_smith@fws.gov Feb 13, 2012