Megachile ericetorum Lepeletier
The first Bavarian bees (and a few allies) are on their way to the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding.
The campaign “Barcoding Fauna Bavarica” that was launched only a few weeks ago is now up and running. Last week the first two microplates with samples of bees and aquatic insects from Bavaria were sent off to Guelph.
Friday, 13 – a good day for Bavarian bees. The first set of bees taken from the Hymenoptera collection of the ZSM are ready to be processed for DNA barcoding. One midleg will be removed from each of the 23 specimens representing 20 species of bees.
Bavaria is a diversity hotspot for bees in Germany – 502 bee species have been recorded, representing c. 90% of the German bee fauna.
The first day in the lab, evaluating DNA quality from “wet samples” out of our aquatic insect collections kept in 70% Ethanol, collected between 1975 and 2006