Barcoding Fauna Bavarica: day one for the bees

img_2156_ptFriday, 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.