Category: insects

The next in the KNOW YOUR WILD BEES CAMPAIGN…

The next in the KNOW YOUR WILD BEES CAMPAIGN.  

Calliopsis are often specialists…the most common (C. andreniformis) loves things like hard packed playgrounds.  You have it at your house almost for sure.  Want more of them dig a whole or pile up dirt and they will move in for you to watch…along with their wee Holcopasites parasite. 

Agapostemon Male Field Id … Baby

Agapostemon Male Field Id … Baby

The giant bumblebee (Bombus dahlbomii). 

The giant bumblebee (Bombus dahlbomii). 

A denizen of the southern Andes and widely believed to be in decline due to competition and perhaps spread of pathogens with two introduced European bumblebees that have invaded the region. You notice this bee when it flies by. Dramatically orange with yellow highlights on the traditional deep black integument of bumblebees.

Brown Lacewing, Symperhobius species? Note the…

Brown Lacewing, Symperhobius species? Note the very lovely carved brass mesh eye, Beltsville, Maryland

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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Public Bee Servant, sam droege

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

Public Bee Servant, sam droege

BeeFTA 2018 – FLY ON THE WALL AWARD

NOMINEE 1 – Why Protect Pollinators? by the California Academy of Sciences

NOMINEE 2 – California’s Sierra Nevada: Bird and Bee Research in Forest Fire Habitats

NOMINEE 3 – Pollinator Research Project by Metro Vancouver

NOMINEE 4 – We Can Help the Bees by Rachel Bonoan

BeeFTA 2018 – Outrageous Behaviour by a Pollin…

NOMINEE 1 – Country Bee Hive

NOMINEE 2 – Weaver ant balancing a Dead Bee

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NOMINEE 4 –