Category: insect

One of the graciously metallic species of the …

One of the graciously metallic species of the subgenus Paracmaeodera found on flowers and bowl traps in Kruger National Park, South Africa.  Photo by Anders Croft.

Aptly named:  Lasioglossum coeruleum.  

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…

Pseudopanurgus rugosus, collected by the glori…

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.

This lovely Heriades carinata is only maxima…

This lovely Heriades carinata is only maximally enjoyed when seen at full def from our flickr site. 

Print it out about 3 feet on edge and then you will really enjoy the armor this Amazon sports. 

Her glossy ebony plates have arrays of machined divots, each uniquely sized, but in relationship with the surrounding pits such that spacing and sizes array in flowering topographies of power functions that mates art and form in a perfect union. Add bands of thick ermine hairs, accenting strands of hair with a well pool of a black eye so removed from our reality that you now know that aliens commingle. Oh, this little being was found outside the sound stage of Wolf Trap Park in Virginia.

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.

Another dark northern Andrena. This one (And…

Another dark northern Andrena

This one (Andrena milwaukiensis) also runs down the high elevations of the Rockies and the Appalachians. Collected in Hancock County, Maine and contibuted by Alison Dibble. Photographed by Wayne Boo

Andrena cressonii.

Andrena cressonii.

Common, nearly ubiquitous.  Tolerates urban areas.  Just like us.

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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Meet an illegal immigrant.  

Meet an illegal immigrant.  

This is Pseudoanthidium nanum a bee we first realized was present in the U.S. about 10 years ago.  It now is established in the NJ and MD areas, and I believe I saw records from the Chicago area last year.  I have only found it in the most urban of urban areas on the riot of weeds that we always bring with us where ever we live.  

Tiny, it is like a colorful little flying pea.  Note:  weeds can have pretty flowers too….Photograph by Anders Croft.

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Public Bee Servant, sam droege