Category: bees

juniorpeach: ๑ september 20, 2017 ๑ last week’…

juniorpeach:

๑ september 20, 2017 ๑
last week’s spread!!!!! i just love mustard yellow sm like i feel that a lot of my spreads contain that color no joke ✌︎(‘ω’)✌︎ anyways i hope all of you have a great week!!!

I am LIVING for these bee bullet journal spreads!!

Bee pins back in stock

Hey guys! My bee pins are officially back in stock! Get yours before they sell out. 

This little red bee (Protandrena abdominalis) …

This little red bee (Protandrena abdominalis) was collected on spotted beebalm. 

It seems to be the only species of plant, with the possibility of some close relatives being involved, that this bee finds worthy of collecting pollen from. If you Google images of spotted beebalm you’ll see that it is quite the complicated and rather ornate flowering plant. It’s a little bit difficult to figure out what is going on in terms of why it has evolved all these lovely associated ornaments, but it has to be an interesting story. Quite the handsome insect, I think. Photograph by Anders Croft.

All original pictures completely public domain and available at our Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usgsbiml/

Photography Information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-_yvIsucOY

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Download our free field guide to the genera of bees:

http://bio2.elmira.edu/fieldbio/beesofmarylandbookversion1.pdf

Public Bee Servant, sam droege

The most common Coelioxys in the East.  

The most common Coelioxys in the East.  

This is C. sayi.   

Now, C. sayi is a nest parasite (like all Coelioxys) and it likes to drop its eggs in the nest of what is usually the most common Leaf Cutter in the East Megachile mendica.  That said, these bees are so little studied that it would not be at all surprising to find that are also  dropping eggs in similar hosts such as M. brevis

These bees are well armored against the stings of the hunky leaf cutters, to the extent that putting a pin through them when preparing them can be a bit crunchy (Another cocktail fact from your favorite government program).  Pictures by Dejen Mengis whose experiences in the Bee Lab caused him to join the Peace Corp.  

Collected by one “E.P. Reed” proba…

Collected by one “E.P. Reed” probably about 100 years ago in Central Chile this is from an orphaned collection of bees from the Smithsonian.  

While in the process of returning we are taking a few pictures of some of the more interesting bees.  This is Caupolicana fulvicollis.  At least some, if not all, of these bees are crepsucular bees…out only at dawn or at dusk where they have a secret pollen handshake with the few plants that only open their blossoms in crepusculance (possibly not a real word, but sounds like it should be to me).  Note the large ocelli on this bee….a pretty good sign that it indeed is working in low light.  Picture by Anders Croft from our lab.

All original pictures completely public domain and available at our Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usgsbiml/

Photography Information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-_yvIsucOY

Follow us on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/usgsbiml/

Download our free field guide to the genera of bees:http://bio2.elmira.edu/fieldbio/beesofmarylandbookversion1.pdf

Public Bee Servant, sam droege

Feb/March Patreon Donation

Hey guys, I donated all of February and March’s donation money to Bee Native.    I will have the post about this months Bee Organization up shortly. 

Thanks again to everyone who donated!

Conversation

my sister: *walks into my room*
s: sam, what’s the worse thing a bee can do to harm you??
me: uh, well i guess they can sting, but-
s: wrong
me:
s:
me:
s: they can disappear
me, crying: i have taught you So Well…

Love garden shops during this time of year! Ha…

Love garden shops during this time of year! Happy Easter 💗

Hello! This might be a bit of a weird and wild…

Hello! This might be a bit of a weird and wild longshot out of nowhere, but I'm looking at getting into gardening and such (for self sustainment and the bees and teaching related shenanigans and so on) and I have books and a green thumbed mum, but I was wondering if you knew of any handy blogs with tips and such? I've tried searching for some but they all seem to be dead or clickbait? If not no worries!!

Hello!

Thanks for the ask! I am not too familiar with many gardening blogs but I know some users such as @foxthebeekeeper , @blanketflowerbees and such post about their gardens sometimes! Also check out the tag “gardening”, you’ll probably find active blogs there 🙂

A Japanese Bee in America.  This is Anthopho…

A Japanese Bee in America.  

This is Anthophora villosula.
 An Anthophora (Digger Bee) that was introduced in the 80s to Eastern U.S. for agricultural purposes, but its potential was never realized.  

Now, unfortunately, it is a common and spreading alien species dispersing from its original location in the Washington D.C. area and will likely spread to occupy much of the country at some point.  It can be found nesting in the dry dirt under decks, in upturned root masses and in the earthen plaster of strawbale houses such as our bee biologist’s Sam Droege’s, where it nests by the hundreds.  It does favor the “alien” plant community over the natives so it will be another interesting story to watch how it integrates and competes with the local bee fauna.  

Photographs by Brooke Alexander.

All original pictures completely public domain and available at our Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usgsbiml/

Photography Information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-_yvIsucOY

Follow us on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/usgsbiml/

Download our free field guide to the genera of bees:http://bio2.elmira.edu/fieldbio/beesofmarylandbookversion1.pdf

Public Bee Servant, sam droege