The cutest cuckoo bee

I mentioned cuckoo bees before, but the other day I came across this cuckoo bee that was just too cute to resist! Not sure about the species or genus for now…it is pretty hard to distinguish between Epeolus and Triepeolus, but both of them are in the tribe Epeolini/Nomadinae (the cuckoo bees).  And they share […]

The closer you look…

…the more you see! Sometimes, I am amazed by how much life there is in summer.  It seems like one can just keep zooming in.  I will plop down on a patch of grass and stare at some Lemon Balm…suddenly, I see wool carder bees zipping around, Asilid flies hunting prey, dragonflies darting about, tiny […]

Suburban Gardens of Brisbane: Winter edition

I posted once before on the flowers blooming in Brisbane (QLD, Australia), but all of those photos were from the Australian summer (i.e. November/December).  Things bloom all year round in Brisbane, so I thought I’d share some of the plants from a winter perspective today (in honour of the Australian winter).

Two Robber Flies

The robber flies represent one of my favourite fly families, Asilidae.  I like Asilids mostly because they are such awesome hunters.  They perch on the edge of a leaf or other exposed area, and dart back and forth, snapping up prey.  Also, the family contains some impressively excellent bee mimics. But I finally caught some […]

Planthopper nymph: Scolops abnormis

This guy came in with some of our plant samples, and I thought he was super cute, so I’m sharing him with you!  This is a nymph (juvenile) of the planthopper species Scolops abnormis.  The planthoppers comprise a superfamily Fulgoroidea.  Our little abnormis here is in the family Dictyopharidae.  You may also be familiar with […]

The Giant Resin Bee: Megachile sculpturalis

At nearly an inch in length (24 mm), Megachile sculpturalis is the largest Megachilid in the North America.  Native to Asia, it was recently (i.e. 1990s) accidentally introduced into the United States.  It has rapidly spread, but aside from some possible competition with carpenter bees for nest sites, the ecological impacts of this, and other, […]