More Orchard bees emerging

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.

Wood piles like this one are perfect nesting sites for mason bees

Wood piles like this one are perfect nesting sites for mason bees

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.

Beautiful Osmia cornifrons

Beautiful Osmia cornifrons

Hovering in front of a nest hole...you can see some holes adjacent that have already been completed.

Going into a nest hole…you can see some holes adjacent that have already been completed.

I saw this jumping spider sneaking up on one of the resting bees and thought I'd catch the whole hunt

I saw this jumping spider sneaking up on one of the resting bees and thought I’d catch the whole hunt

The spider sneaks closer

The spider sneaks closer

And closer!  He leapt but the bee got away...I don't know whether to feel sorry for the spider or happy for the bee

And closer! He leapt but the bee got away…I don’t know whether to feel sorry for the spider or happy for the bee

Hovering in front of a nest hole

Hovering in front of a nest hole

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