Old wood piles with lots of holes in them from boring beetles are great places to find orchard bees emerging this time of year. Here are some Osmia cornifrons emerging from just such a wood pile.
I’ve posted about this bee a couple of times already this year…it’s a very common bee that was introduced from Japan to help with orchard pollination. It’s been spreading since its introduction, but its ecological impacts are unknown.
They are cute bees though. I sat in a puddle of mud taking photos of them and didn’t realize it until I was walking away. Sigh.