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Before After Bee Washing

You probably have this problem. You get a specimen in, but it covered in gunk and its hairs are all matted. What do you do? Well, I think we have finally figured it out. Here is a specimen of Bombus rufocinctus caught by the state of Pennsylvania in some kind of dry trap, covered in moth scales and gook. Then, it gets a new look at the USGS BEEauty salon. Method is below. Photos by Greta Forbes

 

Process

 

Pull tags off specimen

 

Drop specimen into centrifuge tube or vial with HOT water with high concentration of dish soap

 

Shake for about a minute...more if super goopy and matted

 

Dump into hand

 

Wash under hot running water

 

Put on paper towel to pull off water

 

Drop in Tube of acetone

 

Shake for around 30 seconds

 

Drop on paper towel and blot off excess Acetone

 

IMMEDIATELY take to a station that allows you to blow compressed air on specimen

 

We use a latex hose that connects the lab's compressed air nozzle on a lab bench and then connects to the extracted top of a lab wash bottle...the type with a long tube that goes through the cap into the bottle.....attach the latex tube using a binder clamp or it will slip off

 

Turn on air a SMALL amount

 

Use your the wash bottle nozzle to blow air on specimen

 

Note: If you blow air directly from compressed air fitting the wings will shred

 

Blow until hairs are dry and separated

 

For best results do under a microscope

 

See www.flickr.com/photos/usgsbiml/36504352635/in/dateposted-... for a good before/after example

   

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Uploaded on August 11, 2017