Thanks to those who sent me the deadlines for when their respective reports are due. If you collected at a site that has a permit report due and have not yet emailed me, please reach out to me with any due dates (if you know of them). I tried to check all the permit forms that were turned in, but it seems like many of the permits did not have explicit dates where reports are due.
We sorted 3 kits this week including kits by L. Gilbert (Geauga County), R. Duval (Geauga County), and started on the kit by L. Graham (Franklin County). We are up to over 7,200 bees pinned! We haven’t started identifying any bees, but we have started the second to last step that goes right before I can start identifying. So we are getting closer.
Apparently, it is the season for really tiny wasps. In fact, the one below might make a good backup to Rudolf and other reindeer.
For those reading closely last week, the final bycatch was a weird ant. Well, I managed to get that ant and several that looked like it to the ant lab in Columbus! Cody Cardenas mounted and imaged them for us to officially confirm that we did have the first known specimens of D. mariae for Ohio! There are some older photo records from a few years prior, but these would be the first known physical specimen records, so still cool. Also, I realized after looking back that these ants were in both of Babcock’s kits, so there are both Wood and Sandusky county records. Woohoo! Thanks to user madbiologist18 on iNaturalist for the initial genus ID for the ant and to Cody for mounting/imaging/confirming IDs.
If you are like me, and wondering how Cody got these cool images above, well have no fear, because I asked Cody to share that too!
Bored and need more things to read? Well, an article on the bees of Illinois was published! They are recording 491 species of bees for the state of Illinois. I wonder how many we will report once we get through our Ohio project? And if you are wondering about the Ohio/Michigan rivalry, Michigan also has reported only 465 specie of bees, so that is the number we are hoping to beat. 😉
Link to the state list of bees for Illinois here: https://bioone.org/journals/journal-of-the-kansas-entomological-society/volume-93/issue-1/0022-8567-93.1.34/Preliminary-Illinois-Bee-Species-Checklist-Hymenoptera–Apoidea-and-use/10.2317/0022-8567-93.1.34.short
Also, short note about journal articles: academia is weird and most scientific journals are behind a paywall. However, authors are allowed to give out pdfs of articles for free if you email them directly (or if they put them on their lab website or similar). So if you want to read the articles above beyond just the abstract, that is one possible route. I cannot legally give out the pdfs directly here as I am not an author on any of these articles. Here is a short video that explains some other ways to get access to academic articles for free that do not involve Scihub. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ErD5vBNO4&feature=youtu.be
That’s all for now,