Category: Department of the Interior

Wild bees, usually do not travel far to gath…

Wild bees, usually do not travel far to gather pollen.  They take up residence wherever they find sufficient flowers…like your backyard maybe? Number 18 in the KNOW YOUR WILD BEES CAMPAIGN.

#10 in the KNOW YOUR WILD BEES CAMPAIGN

#10 in the KNOW YOUR WILD BEES CAMPAIGN

The problem with alien bees.

1% is low, but some recent pilgrims to the U.S. are now building up populations to levels where they dominate some capture events.

Do we have a problem? Right now, maybe not so much, but in the future…the answer is probably we will.  Just look at the ladybug situation.  Almost all the ladybugs you see are…not from this continent.

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Would the public changes its attitude towards …

Would the public changes its attitude towards bees if they realized that they were really just wasps?

Number eight in the Know Your Wild Bees Campaign

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KNOW YOUR WILD BEES CAMPAIGN.  Number seven.Pa…

KNOW YOUR WILD BEES CAMPAIGN.  Number seven.

Pay attention, you are walking on bees when you walk on the ground.

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A male Nomia from Thailand.

A male Nomia from Thailand.

Note the corkscrewed antennae and the greatly expanded leg segments (presumably useful in mating at nest aggregations).  

Fun bee of the day.

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This is a bee I don’t see that often. 

This is a bee I don’t see that often. 

It is both northern and Appalachian, but even in those areas it seems to be not terribly common. It looks fairly similar to its cousin Andrena nasonii, but Andrena wheeleri Is a bee that forages on low herbaceous vegetation, mostly. 

Just another connector in the largely undocumented web of bees and plants. . Photographs by Kamren Jefferson.

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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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