Last week we sorted and pinned two and a half kits: the kit by K. Feltham (Logan County), T. Staats (Delaware County), and started a kit by J. Estep (Union County). We are over 10,500 bees pinned! We have sorted about 25 of the 125 kits that were turned in. We have also identified over 750 bees to at least genus.
Hummingbird feeders trapping bees:
Occasionally, people notice that bees and other insects get caught in hummingbird feeders. K. Feltham strained her hummingbird feeder and included the sample in her kit. There were 24 bees, all of which were some sort of sweat bee.
I have seen other hummingbird feeders catch bees as well, including a hummingbird feeder from J. Howard that had over a dozen sweat bees in the genus Lasioglossum. That prompted me to buy my own hummingbird feeder a few years ago that was the same model as Howard’s, but for some reason I rarely get any bees in my feeder.
Guess that bodypart:
Both Steven Upperman and Richard Bradley correctly guessed last weeks super macro photo! It is indeed the wing (elytra) of a Six-spotted tiger beetle (Cicindela sexguttata), which is order Coleoptera and family Carabidae (or Cicindelidae if you follow the recent taxonomy changes).
Helping in the lab in the age of covid:
The lab is open to people interested in helping pin or sort specimens on a very limited basis. For now, the following caveats must be reached. 1) if you have managed to get both doses of a covid vaccine, or 2) you have already gotten covid, recovered, and can show both + then – covid tests. If you fit one of these exceptions and want to come to the lab to help out, please send an email to MaLisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
New cases are finally starting to go down across Ohio, but we still have more cases now than we did in the spring of last year.
Want to see how to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in Ohio or see if you qualify yet? See the vaccine distribution website here: https://vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov/
Free Insect Coloring book:
Do you need more coloring pages in your life? How about coloring pages with cool bug facts? Well, check out this printable Insect Coloring Book by Matt Bartone! 28 pages of fun that will keep you occupied for at least a few hours of coloring. Print it out and get to coloring! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PL1USnHQlYJAzBbgQLNROosQq6rZG15c/view
That’s all for now,