Friday, November 04, 2005

Tagging shells

Various researchers recommend using "bee tags" to mark snail shells in the field. Bee tags are normally sold for marking honey bees kept in hives. Unfortunately, the suppliers of bee tags still seem to be trundling along in the 19th century and haven't figured out what the internet is. However, there is a potentially useful alternative to bee tags. Floytag, based in Seattle, Washington, carries a wide array of wildlife tags, including small vinyl, UV-stable, numbered tags as small as 1/4" x 1/8" ovals. These can be glued to a cleaned and dried shell using super glue or acrylic. catalog