A complete table of the data is available from Leo Shapiro (firstname.lastname@example.org), Sam Droege (email@example.com), or the refuge biologist.
Below is a table of the site numbers and a brief site description followed by a table of results.
|5575||FINWR Site Styr9|
|5576||FINWR Site Styr10|
|5578||FINWR Site Styr12|
|5579||FINWR Site NOTstyr9|
|5580||FINWR Site NONstyr10|
|5582||FINWR Site NONstyr12|
Refuge Collection Sites
Note first of all that the 4 sites were run 2 separate times due to a bowl problem with the first run. As you can see from the table the results were extremely sparse. Some sets of bowls had no bees whatsoever. However, the bees that were gotten were extremely interesting. Agapostemon splendens is a bee of deep sandy sites, often found in dune systems and therefore no surprise here (it occurs in abundance all along Assateague Island, for example). The Augochlora, Ceratina, and Megachile are common bees, found just about anywhere, but the Perdita are quite rare. Both species are new state records for Virginia and in general would be restricted to dry, deep sand sites. Perdita boltoniae appears to be particularly fond of Chrysopsis (golden aster) which would be likely to be found at such sites. Perdita consobrina is interesting in that this is the northernmost record for that species and it appeared somewhat intermediate between the P. consobrina specimens from the Sandhills NWR and P. swenki, which is found in dune systems in the North (such as Long Island). We will be sending that specimen off to get its little DNA checked.
The head of P. consobrina taken from Mitchell's Bees of the Eastern United States.
Sam and Leo
To see the world in a grain of sand
and heaven in a wildflower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and eternity in an hour.
- William Blake