Category: bugs

#4.   Why Females are Twice Males.

#4.   Why Females are Twice Males.

The KNOW YOUR WILD BEES CAMPAIGN

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I like looking at this shot, the symmetry, th…

I like looking at this shot, the symmetry, this alien being, this unknowable insect, there is something alive, even relatable here. 

This one is worth looking at full-screen. 

What if, indeed, this Megachile brevis, was as large as a puppy dog, would we treat it the same as we do now? 

A bug can be ignored, because it doesn’t sting us and because it isn’t the size that our eyes can view all the particulars, all the wonderful details that are built into this being in a similar but different way than the flowers that pollinate’s and we honor by making him into bouquets and making them integral to all our major life events. 

Would they make good pets? Would they like to be groomed by us, scratched behind the head? My my I probably shouldn’t write these things late at night they’re just too many rabbit holes out there to fall into.

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Andrena dunningi.  

Andrena dunningi.  

A large dark Andrena

This lovely female, in fresh plumage, is relatively easy to identify simply by the orange brown color of its body hairs along with the nearly black hairs located on its hind legs which it uses to carry pollen to its nest. However, after it’s been out in the sun for several weeks it can also turn the same off-white coloration that most of the other Andrena bees have in this group. This is a bee of tree flowers. In particular, it favors Willows, but can be found on a wide variety of spring blooming woody plants, though seemingly avoiding the heath family, which has its own specialists. This bee was photographed by Sue Boo and collected in Harford County Maryland.

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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.  

How great would these look turned into decorat…

How great would these look turned into decorations and hung from the Christmas tree?! 🎄🐞🦋🐝🎄

In my garden, birds sing, bees hum and the flo…

In my garden, birds sing, bees hum and the flowers and butterflies bewitch me. Every bug and beetle, petal and leaf grants peace to me in the present moment. As I tread upon the emerald blades that sway below the crystal skies, my garden unveils to me the philosophy of life.

Isn’t this a boss looking bee?  

Isn’t this a boss looking bee?  

This is Dianthidium singulare.  

One of the largest Dianthidiums around.   Check out the winged plates near the collar of the bee and the shield like tegula that covers the front wing’s insertion point into the body.  Such a dramatic species.  This girl takes resin and pebbles and glues together little cells that it attaches to rock faces….these armored houses then are filled with pollen and nectar and a single egg before sealing up.  Captured as part of Claire Kremen’s project documenting the bees of Yosemite National Park.

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The very small and skinny, beetle hole nesting…

The very small and skinny, beetle hole nesting, Chelostoma philadelphi.  

A specialist on Philadelphus (mock orange).  This species is most commonly seen on the non native European Mock Orange that was widely planted in the olden days.  Its associations with the quite rare native Philadelphus species seems mysterious and there is perhaps more to the story than we currently know.  Photography by Sydney Price.

An ichneumonid wasp.

An ichneumonid wasp.

Parasitizes other insects

Am always intrigued by the hot colors on some insects antennae.

Why the two tones, friend?

From Hardy County, WV photo taken by Colby Francoeur.

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