So I’ve posted in the past about the gloriously beautiful Neotropical Euglossine bees, but I only posted photos of the shiny genus, Euglossa, before. There are less shiny Euglossines, including the genus Eufriesia.
I was lucky enough to get to see a Eufriesia bee building a nest up close, but it was a challenging photo situation. I stood on the top rung of a very dubious and narrow ladder balanced precariously against a cement wall while a tico held it behind me. In order to take photos, I had to flatten myself against the wall like a gecko and shoot straight up.
But I also caught her, waited for her to calm down a bit, and took some photos of her standing on the table.
In San Jose, I was able to photograph these bees buzz pollinating on solanaceous vines.
And I know some will protest, but for full disclosure, this is what a nest looks like when it is dissected. To be honest, I probably didn’t do any harm because the director of the station despised these bees (they use a sticky resin to build their nests and it is difficult to remove), and probably destroyed them as soon as my bee-cooing self left the station.
The most interesting thing about these nests (in my opinion) is that there must be some sort of fungal suppressant in the resin. The intact nest showed no sign of fungal infection, but where I accidentally cracked the edge, it was growing a pathogenic fungus within a matter of days. You can see the fungus at the bottom of the nest in the above photo.