This blog is meant to report on small experimental trials, testing various facets of trapping bees and pollinators attracted to color based traps....bowl, pan, vane, moericke, etc. It is also a place where observations and thoughts regarding their effectiveness or ineffectiveness can be posted. Comments are encouraged.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Red Glycol vs Soapy Water - Start

Today, (March 27, 2010) set out 8 sets of trials in bottomland woods along the Patuxent River behind my house at 102 Queen Anne Bridge Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

1:30 p.m.

A trial consists of sliced off styrofoam 16 ounce cups fit into holders made of rings of 3" pvc pipe screwed to gray plastic conduit and pounded into the ground so the cup is resting on the ground. Two of these were set one foot apart in a patch of Claytonia diagonal to these and therefore making a foot by foot square were two 3.25 ounce white solo bowls that we traditionally used. One solo bowl and one styrofoam cup were filled with red rv glycol mixed with soap and the others with soapy water with dawn dish washing liquid. Sunny, 50's.

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With Natural History there is no need to go to the moon or Madagascar; there is more to find in your woodlot than in our entire solar system.