Nests in holes.
Hangs out on mid summer composites.
Has orange pollen carrying hairs.
Has boss knobs on the upper side of the mandibles (why?).
This specimen found on Dave Wagner’s transmission line study in New England by Michael Veit.
Aptly named: Lasioglossum coeruleum.
Most of the many confusing members of these small sweat bees glimmer discretely in metallic integument, but our friend here takes it up a notch to and Osmia level.
This makes them identifiable…except for the problem that some of them are not so bright…irritating if you have to identify them…but once you get the pattern you feel a small sense of superiority to those in power in the world who clearly would fail if you asked them to identify an “off” L. coeruleum specimen. So there. Specimen collected by Michael Veit in transmission lines in CT…
Female Macropis ciliata from NH.
Collected by Michael Veit on transmission lines…part of a David Wagner study of bees and transmission.
This bee is special. Not as common as it once was and a specialist on Lysimachia (Loosestrife) natives. These plants produce oils that the Macropis add to their pollen balls for their babies. No Lysimachia…no Macropis.
Carolina Wren – Thryothorus ludovicianus.
A common co-inhabitant with human nests. In this case a Wren made a nest in a tub of rags we had outside under a shed roof. We watched it for a while, but then found the tub also had a Black Rat Snake and the nest was mysteriously abandoned. We took a picture of the left over egg….lovely in its speckles laid down in the birds oviduct. Kelly Graninger took the shot.
Pseudopanurgus rugosus, collected by the glorious State of Virginia Natural Heritage group.
This whole group is a bit of a nightmare.
Uncommon, tiny, often very similar looking and widely ignored by taxonomists. I often have to leave them as sp….or as we say ‘spuh’. Which is not something that should be happening in this modern sophisticated, send-a-man-to-the-moon, sort of society. But it is. P. rugosus...not so difficult. Has ‘rugged’ topography on its back…thus its name.
One of the most common bees in Eastern North America, particularly in urban and disturbed environments.
They are attracted to piles of dirt or open scraped soils and appear to be a huge fan of clovers, plants that also favor lawns and open disturbed sites. The female (look it up) mirrors most other small, dark bees in that group, with a few white marks on its lower face.
The male Calliopsis andreniformis pictured here is spectacularly different. Brilliant yellow to an exhibitionistic level. This one comes from Baltimore City.
Kruger National Park presents a native South African: Xylocopa lugubris.
This carpenter bee was caught cruising around the park while along on Jonathan Mawdsley and James Harrison’s expedition. Lots of fun avoiding poisonous snakes, lions, and leopards and other big things. Photo by Erick Hernandez.
Ah, the dancing curves of Corydalis flavula.
A small part of the glory of spring in the Mid-Atlantic states.
Picture and specimen from Helen Lowe Metzman from Howard County, Maryland.
A yellow faced Calliopsis trifasciata from southern Chile. Garnered on an expedition with Laurence Packer this past year.
Know Your Wild Bees Campaign presents …how to spot a male Andrena