The life of a field biologist…
Sweat bees are not dangerous, and their stings aren’t THAT painful, but man are they annoying. Sometimes they get into the crook of your elbow or the back of your knee and when you fold your arm or crouch down, you’re in for an unpleasant surprise. (Sweat bees only sting when they’re about to be crushed to death, so you can’t really blame them)
This is one of the larger sweat bees…Halictus ligatus, I believe. She did sting me and it was more painful than I expected and I shouted “OUCHIE” at the top of my lungs and everyone is still making fun of me for it
She stung me but did not fly away so I took some photos…revenge!
She’s blowing bubbles, also this is a great view of her complex tongue
One of the tiny, gorgeously golden sweat bees in the genus Lasioglossum
She’s dangerously exploring the steering wheel, which has been gripped by many sweaty field biologists over its thirteen years of service