Bird-Understander Of many reasons I love you here is one the way you write me from the gate at the airport so I can tell you everything will be alright so you can tell me there is a bird trapped in the terminal all the people ignoring it because they do not know […]
All in a summer’s field work! This field season has been very rough because of epic drought coupled with record heat and humidity, which led to plagues of sweat bees (especially the tiny subgenus Dialictus) and hordes of syrphid flies of nightmare proportions, all of which adore sweaty, sweaty field biologists. I’ve never been particularly […]
This is a cleptoparasitic bee in the genus Triepeolus…I found her sitting on a pollen bag early one morning. It was a cool, wet morning, and I think she was just trying to dry off. But she was posed so beautifully… These bees have white “appressed” hairs rather than pigments in their cuticle. I think […]
My post on simple bee and flower drawings is one of my most visited (and the images are the most downloaded), so here are some more line drawings! I actually drew these for a figure for a grant, but you are welcome to download and use them if you like. Bumblebee (Bombus) […]
Colors in nature! http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-36674573 Why do sunflowers turn with the sun? http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/05/488891151/the-mystery-of-why-sunflowers-turn-to-follow-the-sun-solved I’ve always thought this about fax machines: http://www.theonion.com/article/report-fax-machines-still-pretty-impressive-if-you-21256 Yes! Let’s make observing insects fun for everyone! Why not? 🙂 http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/08/06/488830352/the-app-that-aims-to-gamify-biology-has-amateurs-discovering-new-speciesf Mound building spiders?! Yes, please: http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/environmental/disassembling-the-mason-spider-s-mound/article_3a6d7d98-4ff3-59f0-91ad-4f2516da929b.html Yay kakapos! http://www.earthtouchnews.com/conservation/success-stories/baby-boom-for-one-of-the-worlds-rarest-parrots How caddisflies build their cases: Sparkly butt spiders! (again no blue pigment, just structural […]
In my opinion, this is my best bee photo of the year so far. It’s a male Agapostemon sweat bee on my thistle… See if you like it too!
This invasive bee(Megachile sculpturalis), is visiting this invasive plant (Carduus acanthoides… NB: The bags tied around the brown flowerheads are to prevent this nasty invasive weed from spreading while I study it.