I was helping a friend with her field work last week…she studies squash bees (Peponapis pruinosa). Squash bees are fascinating for a number of reasons, one of which is that they are early birds (NB not actual birds). Most bees bumble out around ten in the morning, when it is warm and sunny, but squash bees like to get their work for the day done before nine, meaning they sometimes even fly before dawn! For a field biologist, this means rolling out when it’s still dark, rubbing sleepy eyes in the field vehicle.
We wanted photos of the nesting bees, so we had to be patient.
The bees nest right until the leaves of the squash plants.
But when they go in and out of their holes, they move really fast! You have to be patient and then quick to get a photo! We were out there for two hours and I only got two photos of bees emerging from nests.
They’re much easier to photograph on flowers.
And random blades of grass…