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.
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.
Know Your Wild Bees Campaign presents …how to spot a male Andrena
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.
The last of the Campaign. I hope you enjoyed it. Will post the originals where you can grab them later.
#24. In the KNOW YOUR WILD BEES CAMPAIGN
Wild bees are effective pollinators, they don’t provide honey but they are good pollinators of most crops (not all…for example almonds would be difficult). Management is different than with honeybees. Nice to know that we have backups.
Bees are small. It doesn’t take that much pollen and nectar to raise a baby bee. One clump of flowers is enough to support several bees. Look around. Are you supporting flowers….and bees. Question lawns.
Number 23. In the KNOW YOUR WILD BEES CAMPAIGN
Honeybees, this is the bee that we all know, they give us honey, they are raised commercially, and we can point at the hives; to some people it seems to be the only bee in existence. But, as you know, there’s so much more, but so little information in the air about the other 4000 species on the continent. So, it turns out, that the best way to think about wild bees is to start with the premise that everything about honeybees is different in that everything about wild bees will be something new and those patterns in natural history will be both different from honeybees, but complex and varied across the pantheon of all wild bees and their thousands of years of evolution with plants.
Number 15 in the KNOW YOUR WILD BEES CAMPAIGN.