Notes From Nature Talk
Hmm. Impossible to figure out for this minimalist label. Hopefully other specimens collected the same time will give a clue.
Looks like 5-31-35, but I will take a look in the collection at the actual label.
Not sure how a specimen from Georgia in 1899 showed up in our collection, but definitely cool to see!
Unfortunately this label does not give enough information to determine which county. When georeferencing we will give a big error circle.
Good catch. We will fix that when we add the latitude and longitude.
Wasbauer was collecting 2.5 miles North of Mazatlan that week.
Wow, that is a bad picture. I will have to look in the collection for that specimen.
Hmmm. We did a bad job photographing this one.
And I cannot find any other records of people collecting in Lancing. Bummer.
It looks like the pin is right through the number. But other specimens were collected by the Linsleys on the 15th of June in 1975.
I will have to look for the specimen in the collection. Thanks.
Eugene is in Lane County, according to the sources I could find. Maybe you are thinking of Corvallis in Benton County.
Sadly, the collector did not include his or her name.
Unfortunately we will never know the year. Printing labels was a hassle back then. So they left spaces to fill in the details, but forgot.
Good guess! The Michelbachers (husband and wife) collected a lot of bees over the years. You've obviously seen these names before.
Yes, La Jolla Horticultural Field Station! The number 652.2 is probably a specimen number for the Squash Bee study by the Michelbachers.
Forsteronia spicata. Looks like there was a typo on the label.
I was lost in the 80's as well.
1797 is when Mannerheim described this species, not when this individual was collected. Unfortunately the collection data are missing.
Me neither. I'll have to find it in the collection.
Top marks for Bonnie123 for going the extra mile researching the specimens!
I'm not sure how we ended up with this specimen in our museum! And I have never seen that name before. I'll do some digging.
I will have to find this specimen in the collection. We don't take pictures like this anymore.
Point Richmond is a park and neighborhood here in the Bay Area. Not a great way to label specimens.
I will have to put this label under the microscope to figure out what that is supposed to be.
Good detective work! Yes it is Grindelia.
Hmmm. Looks like we missed part of the label when imaging (or there is a second image with the rest of the information).
Amazing how inconsistent labels are, isn't it? We are trying to train our students to do better these days.
I will have to take a look at the specimen in the collection. 20 is a good guess.
We hope to capture all of the data on the labels, but do not want to discourage our citizen scientists. Use your discretion.
I think that is an "11" but I will double check the specimen in the collection.
This will take some more digging on our part. We probably have other specimens from here waiting to be databased.
Indeed, all the data you are entering ends up in the EssigDB. So it is a good place to check for names and locations. It is Paul DeBach.
I will have to find the specimen in the collection for this one. Good thing we changed how we take these pictures.
Unfortunately we may never know which year it was collected. And yes, noting the male symbol in the Other Comments is exactly right.
Hard one! "Jersey Dale, Mariposa Co. CA, V1 22 1985, UC. O Shields"
Richmond. It's like one of those eye tricks where you that once someone points it out you can see it, but otherwise it looks like RKHMOP?
The one millionth transcription by our Notes from Nature citizen science army was this image of a sweat bee specimen by snowysky
"S. Omi" is the collector for this dragonfly. He or she collected some damselflies that year as well, but I do not know this person.
Agreed. And the obscured year is 1949. I am very happy we changed how we take pictures!
The "838" is probably a code that indicates where it was collected. But without the collector's notes it means nothing. Very sad.
Not sure how we produced an upside-down image! These angled images were an experiment to use the photo space better.
We have specimens with it spelled both ways in the collection. Cagua seems to be the accepted name.
Indeed, Los Angeles River. Collected by Fordyce Grinnell, brother of Joseph Grinnell, the original director of the Vertebrate Museum at Cal.
Yes, a typo in the label. Playa del Coco is correct.
This specimen is from 1908 (Y2K is back to haunt us)! One of our earliest records. And, yes, it was collected in June (month = 6).
Wow, bad picture. I will have to look at the specimen in the collection.
Thanks for the note, we will add the elevation to the record.
Sunnyside (Douglas County, Wisconsin, US) . Kennedy did an extensive dragonfly-damselfly survey in 1913-1915.
John Chemsak was a curator at the Essig Museum and collected from the 1950's until he died in 2007. He traveled to Costa Rica in the 1980s.
I agree with 1972, but I will double check the specimen in the collection.
University of Oklahoma Biological Station (UOBS)
Occasionally a specimen is lost, but the data are still useful. A few get damaged while imaging - they go to the "hospital box" for repairs.
I think it is Mrs Metta Johnson, who collected other bees on Sep 21 1953 in Riverside. Her name is new for our database.
#Timberlake again! The ID label says - Dialictus nevadensis (Crfd) - ID by Timberlake, now called Lasioglossum nevadense (Crawford)
Wow, not a very informative label! Our only hope is that there are other specimens in this series with more information.
I think it says, "ex JAP 956". These are Jerry Powell's field numbers that refer to notes in his field book. "Ex" means collected from / on.
Ah yes, another #Timberlake label. The label reads, "on Lotus wrightii" - perennial herb native to the southwest known as Wright's deervetch
I think we need a new hash tag #Timberlake - his labels are impossible to read! "on Heliotropium curassavicum", "Riverside Cal. July 2, 33"
Judging by paper color I would say Chandler acquired Rindge's collection. We will have to look into the archives for more history on this.
Hosackia americana (Fabaceae). We no longer take pictures with the pin, but we have some backlog of these images to finish transcribing.
There is no way to tell which is correct, but I would go with hand-written next time. Back then they pre-printed labels & added corrections.
Back then labels were often pre-printed. It is not uncommon to see dates altered like this. I agree it is VI. #date
Pulled the specimen from the collection & looked under the scope and STILL can't make it out! It looks like "San BemiomW" which is nothing.
In the 1920's they printed sheets of locality labels using off-set printing. That means there are more of these you may run into.
I think I will require my entomology students to transcribe labels here before making their own so they can see the problems that arise!!
Edward S. Ross collected in the 1930's, 40's, 50's.
Flowers of Hubbard squash at 10:00 a.m.! It is great when this much detail shows up on the labels.
Dialictus is considered a subgenus of Lassioglossum (genus of sweat bees). In this case, the plant it was visiting was Larrea tridentatata.
Good point. There are a number of famous collecting locations that weave in and out of more than one county. We are working on it. #counties