Last week we sorted two kits: K. Orosz (Carroll County) and H. Scott (Brown County) and finished the rest of the kit by C. Carrol (Hancock County). We are over 14,400 bees pinned and databased. We did not identify any additional bees last week as I spent more time sorting kits and also helping with the hoverfly bycatch.
Bycatch of the week:
Hover fly project:
Our undergraduate assistant Eleanor has taken up a side project with the bycatch hover flies. In the next few weeks we will have a writeup of what she has found so far. I spent an hour or so last week photographing a few of the weirder specimens. So below are a few previews to keep you excited about even more bycatch.
Photographable bee species list for Ohio:
L. Lebovitz has created a “life list” for species that have been documented in Ohio via iNaturalist. So if you are looking for bees to chase that you might be able to photograph instead of collecting, this list is a good place to start. Note that there is also a column for whether the specimens need collected to verify an ID (M in the micro ID) or if they can be temporarily held (hand in micro ID) to get the right images or views of structures. She also added the Growing Degree Day (GDD) calculation to help you get an idea of when things should emerge near you. See file here: Ohio Bee Species Checklist -1
More bee resources:
Although it is for Oregon, there are several good bee resources that are applicable to Ohio on the Oregon Bee Atlas page. See: https://www.oregonbeeproject.org/training-videos-and-manuals
Specifically, you might find the Cheat Sheet to Bee Genera somewhat helpful for our common bee genera (here in Ohio or Oregon).
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
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/
Update: Dewine just announced that Ohioans 50 and older will be able to get the vaccine starting THIS Thursday. So many of you are likely now eligible or close to being eligible.
March 13th, 2-3 pm. Jason Dombroskie – Moths: What we don’t know and what you can do about it. – a talk on documenting moths and butterflies in your own backyard. Watch/register here: https://www.facebook.com/events/732467954304459/
That is all for now,