Author: USGS Native Bee Lab

Ah….the redbud a lovely native legumino…

Ah….the redbud a lovely native leguminous north american small tree.  Widely planted, awesome pollinator pollen and nectar food source…and…very interestingly, it has clear seed pods  until mid summer which allows investigators to look at rates of pollination….could be used as a sentinel and a great citizen science project.  Reader…you should make this happen.  Photo and specimen taken by Helen Lowe Metzman.

The most common Coelioxys in the East.  

The most common Coelioxys in the East.  

C. sayi is a nest parasite, 

Slipping into the nests of leaf cutters like Megachile mendica and kin and dropping an egg into the wall of their nests.  In the female, like this one, the edge of the clypeus is slightly indented (hard to see).   Now you know.

Oak Timberworm, Arrhenodes minutus, and an int…

Oak Timberworm, Arrhenodes minutus, and an interesting mite on its mid femur, found at my moth light…likely attracted to the area due to the fresh red oak I am adding to the wood pile.  Note the odd mite appears to be glued to the femur, it was still alive when the picture was taken, but apparently could not leave its host.

Three shots of two Anenomes …

Three shots of two Anenomes …

1. A. virginiana

2. A. americana

Collected in Howard County.  Stacked Shot by Helen Lowe Metzman

Tiger Beetle from one of the old sand mines th…

Tiger Beetle from one of the old sand mines that line the Patuxent River.  Thankfully it is a sand mine that never was capped with clay and planted with invasive non-native plants…the standard operation in many parts of the country.  Lisa Murray took the photographs.  

Bombus morrisoni

Bombus morrisoni

Tightly wrapped in fur-like orange hair, this lovely western bumblebee was captured at the far edge of its range in Badlands National Park in South Dakota.  

Near the Black Hills, an island of Rocky Mountain type habitat in a sea of prairie, the Badlands are receivers perhaps of bees that otherwise would not inhabit prairie habitats.  Photo by Brooke Alexander.  

A male Lasioglossum truncatum, with great, lon…

A male Lasioglossum truncatum, with great, long antennae, the yellow tarsal segments are distinctive in conjunction with the yellow on the clypeus and the slightly weakened veins in the wings.  Collected by Tim McMahon and photoed by Dejen Mengis.  Here I see the hands of a Balinese dancer

An unknown Crab Spider or perhaps running crab…

An unknown Crab Spider or perhaps running crab spider

The Giant Stag beetle ….Lucanus elephus…

The Giant Stag beetle ….Lucanus elephus….a huge beetle of eastern forests.  This specimen can from California, Maryland and was collected by members of Bartlett Tree Company.

The red maple, Acer rubrum

The red maple, Acer rubrum

Often one of the most dominant trees in deciduous woods in the East. It blooms very early in the spring and provides pollen and nectar to the set of bees, and flower flies, that come out early. One can only imagine what the tonnage of pollen and nectar these trees produce in aggregate, and how such a seemingly small, component of the tree, flowers, could drive the populations of a huge number of bees and other insects in. Flowers collected by the photographs taken by Helen Lowe Metzman from Howard County Maryland.