pollen load progress

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Listen up, Echinacea fans!

I've now finished making slides and taking photos of the first 68 insect visitors--only 107 left to go.

Here are some photos of the process:

1) Here is an insect carrying LOADS of pollen (haha! get it?) which I am about to transfer onto a small agar cube on a microscope slide.
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2) I heat the slide, complete with pollen-covered agar cube and cover slip, on a hotplate. Next I throw the completed, labeled slide under the microscope camera and take photos like theseYL1304N119-5b.jpg:

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3) I've pinned each specimen with a unique ID code that corresponds to its vial ID number.
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The most common genera near as I can tell from the reference collection are...

Male Melissodes sp.
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And Ceratina sp.
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Please leave questions or comments and I'll do my best to respond!

-Amanda

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I don't get the "loads of pollen" thing.

Insects may carry "pollen loads" and in some cases, their pollen loads consist of LOADS of pollen!

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