One of my field sites is near a small pond so I get to enjoy these lovely little damselflies, which you know I love. These look just like our bluets (and indeed might be in the same genus)! I think they are the Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum ), but they could also be the Common […]
Every day is world bee day on StandingOutInMyField, but today it’s world bee day for everyone! Here are some of my favourite photos of bees I’ve taken around the world. Huzzah! Bees are the greatest! Cleptoparasitic bees Dublin, Ireland Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania New York Shiny Green Sweat Bees Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania New […]
It took me a while (and some help on twitter) to figure out the species of this gorgeous bee that hung out with me for a while the other day, but I wanted to share some more photos of her because she just posed so nicely and is such a beautiful bee. After she had […]
I was lucky enough to spot this beautiful specimen in the field yesterday, and even though I was in a hurry (as usual), I just HAD to stop and try to get a decent photo. (See Zoomology for a prize winning photo of this gorgeous species. Obviously, mine are not that good, but still…shiny!) This […]
I found and photographed another mining bee aggregation! This one was in Dublin, in the heart of the city centre, believe it or not. It was in a little “biodiversity planting” of mostly weeds, but the bees loved it. As per usual, people were walking by on both sides of me while I crawled around […]
Historically, I have preferred bees over flies, but my time in Ireland has given me a new appreciation for Syrphids. I have reason (and data) to believe that Syrphids are incredibly important pollinators here, where bee numbers are low. Moreover, collated data from across the Irish landscape show that Syrphid flies are central, important pollinators […]
I’ve been into taking these photos of huge numbers of flowers and I don’t know why or what to call them…but I started thinking they’re just prints, or textures or flowers. I love them!