Sytyropha on white background.
S. krigei to be specific from Kruger National Park in South Africa.
This specimen was identified and photographed by Silas Bossert a bee researcher at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. They use similar systems to what we use, but prefer gray to white backgrounds, they are equally detailed. Silas is identifying a number of the specimens we captured a few years ago in Kruger and we are very much appreciative of his expertise. This species specializes on morning glories and carries pollen throughout its body rather than simply on the legs. It is also a sweat bee…interesting world.
salt & vinegar chips are snacks for fucking masochists. literally the entire flavour of the goddamn chip is “acetic acid, which will hurt your tongue, and then just salt on top of that to hurt it worse”. it’s brutal. this chip is designed to hurt you
some of you are acting like i hate salt and vinegar chips and i need to clarify: i do not hate them. old dutch baked salt & vinegar chips is my favourite flavour of chips and one time i ate two bags of them in two days and my tongue started bleeding. i love the goddamn things. but why did humanity make them. to what end. my tongue literally bled from eating them. the flavour of them is just acid and salt. their gimmick is pain. and yet……. Chips Good…….
Okay just. This may sound weird but hear me out. Salt and vinegar chips dipped in vanilla yogurt. Look I know it sounds like one of those “ugh ew who eats that even?!?!?” food combinations but. It’s actually really good. The yogurt just dilutes the acidy saltiness and it just tastes so good. Try it and if you don’t like it you have absolute permission to come to my blog and scream at me all you want.
The Golden Sand Loving Bee.
When I think of bees that are sand loving I think of Lasioglossum vierecki. For one, how nice to have a golden orange bee to look at. For second it is common in sandy areas…so if you are going to find a sand specialist in a sand mine, dune, beach, barren, sandhill in the Northeast there you will find this little orange bee. Thirdly it is easy to identify, which in the bee world is a bit of a blessing.
This bad girl was discovered along a transmission line in Massachusetts by Michael Veit as part of David Wagner study of bees in these uncommon strip habitats.