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#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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Public Bee Servant, sam droege

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