Feral Colony Sample Protocol, 2017
Here is the general protocol we will use to collect samples from feral and managed colonies this summer. You DO NOT need to collect samples to participate. Please provide us with the feral and manage bee locations, and our team will contact you to do the collections.
- Contact the López-Uribe lab with information and a location of the feral colony
- Take GPS coordinates of the location of the feral colony. If you have a smartphone, download the app ‘GPS data’ and record the latitude, longitude coordinates. It is also helpful to have information about the address, town and zip code of the closest location that can be used to access the feral colony. You can also obtain GPS coordinates via Google Map App on your smartphone.
- The colony must have survived at least one winter to consider it ‘feral’.
- In addition, we would need to sample bees from a managed colony somewhere in the vicinity of the feral colony. Please let us know if you have information about a managed colony that we would be able to sample.
- We will sample the same colonies, the feral colony and one managed colony, three times this year: April, July, and October. We will collect 50 adult bees from the entrance of the colony each time we visit. The colony will remain unharmed.
Department of Entomology
Pennsylvania State University