Category: nature

25 Facts about Bees for World Bee Day. Here …

25 Facts about Bees for World Bee Day. Here is our jpg version…we also have hi-res poster printable pdf and ppt versions along with original individual posts from last year at: ftp://ftpext.usgs.gov/pub/er/md/laurel/Droege/25%20Facts%20Bees/
Pass along and do 1 good thing for bees today.

Yes Orange Hair. A Centris species from the …

Yes Orange Hair. 

A Centris species from the Dominican Republic. This is probably identified by now, by don’t have the time to match ID to picture at this point. Photograph from Kamren Jefferson.

The white-margined burrower bug.  

The white-margined burrower bug.  

Scientifically we would call it Sehirus cinctus.  

Small, feeds on mints and nettles.  Not picky, feeds on the weedy mints that inhabit our weedy lawns.  Sticks around a bit and helps its babies out for a few days.  Unusual for a bug.  Picture by Greta Forbes.  This specimen found at the lab at Patuxent.  I like the patterns of pits on this guy.

I really should take more pictures of ants. …

I really should take more pictures of ants. Here is the lovely Red Carpenter Ant (Camponotus chromaiodes) from Chino Farms on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Ah, bugs.   

Ah, bugs.   

If Nature wanted to get into the business of crafts she would create a big box store filled with giant Hemipterans the size of cats (some kittens sized ones too, of course).  

Instead, Nature sends them into our houses and gardens where we react without really looking and miss their inherent beauty.  Sorry people, but the Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae) here glued to a fishhook, from Dorchester County, Maryland, is fabulously lovely in its colors and sculpturing patterns.  Determination by Thijs de Graaf.  

Lovely wasp from Kruger National Park.  Again,…

Lovely wasp from Kruger National Park.  Again, not being a wasp person, I don’t know the species.  The group may be the sand wasp (Bembicini) .  Photos by Anders Croft.

Here is a short 3 picture series of 3 Mylabris…

Here is a short 3 picture series of 3 Mylabris blister beetles from Kruger National Park, where they are often found on tree flowers.  

I had the unfortunate experience of storing a bunch of these in my pocket while in the bush.  Later that night my upper thigh was covered in large blisters.  Be warned.  Cool antennae, why so divided, some of you need to figure this out.  

Pictures by Erick Hernandez and Anders Croft.

Osmia georgica.  

Osmia georgica.  

Nests in holes.  

Hangs out on mid summer composites.  

Has orange pollen carrying hairs.  

Has boss knobs on the upper side of the mandibles (why?).  

This specimen found on Dave Wagner’s  transmission line study  in New England by Michael Veit.  

All good.  

Know Your Wild Bees Campaign presents &helli…

Know Your Wild Bees Campaign presents …how to spot a male Andrena

Sunflowers.  

Sunflowers.  

Specifically, the genus Helianthus to separate out the other “sunflower” plants.  

Only found in North America.  So tall and glorious that we have adopted many for our gardens.  Thrusting skyward they telegraph their supply of pollen and nectar to the bees that only feed their young pollen of Sunflower.  Here is one of them.  The appropriately named A. helainthi.  How nice that it was found tucked in Hartville, OH by MaLisa Spring.  Photo by Anders Croft.