Sorry for the lack of posts; I’m sort of having a rough time over here. With one hand, I can’t do my field work and the doctor says no running, swimming, or biking for two months. I’m not sure I can continue to justify my existence here without those things, so while I try to work out a back up plan, here are some photos I took before the accident.
Although Melissodes is restricted in its distribution to the New World, it contains about 129 species (mostly in North America): pretty fair diversity for a single genus!
The common name for Melissodes is the “Long-horned bees”, which refers to their long antennae.
Last week in the field, I spotted this strange phenomenon: three mating bees (two males and one female).
They were hanging off the side of a thistle while mating, and I caught this photo that I thought made them look like they were trapeze artists, performing in a circus, which, of course, I had to share.
Ed: I meant to mention that this post reminds me of the post by Garden Walk/Garden Talk on mating Carpenter Bees. It is like a television drama. You should check it out!