In some cases, I see rather large numbers of beetles (50 – 100) that may not be considered effective pollinators. Should we still count those?
The main purpose of our study is to evaluate pollinators. We ask you to continue counting beetles as well, unless the numbers are so high that they will detract from counting the bees and lepidoptera. We ask citizen scientists to estimate the number of beetles when numbers are high (40 or more) and focus on counting the other categories.