Carpenter Bee Nest (Arizona)

A recent post on the blog Adventuresinbeeland reminded me of a carpenter bee nest that we dissected in Arizona…two years ago! I could have sworn I already posted about this, but I couldn’t find a record in my blog posts, so here it is now. This carpenter bee (Now it’s been two years, I’ve forgotten […]

Shell-nesting bees

I’ve posted about the different nesting habits of bees before, but here’s a new kind of bee nest that I’ve recently learned about.  There’s a group of Megachilid bees in Israel that nest inside abandoned snail shells!  These bees belong to the genus Osmia, known as the mason bees in North America. Here, they nest […]

Bee Colouring Pages!

Two more bee colouring pages for an outreach event that is coming up.  Feel free to download and print out if you have nerdy children (or, let’s face it, if you want to colour them yourself). This is an European ground nesting bee, Andrena fulva: And this is an Australian cavity nesting bee, Megachile mystaceana: […]

Honeybee hexagons and the myriad nest structures of bees

Yesterday’s edition of Krulwich Wonders (which is a science-y NPR blog) addressed the question of why honeybees build hexagonal patterns in the wax combs of their hives.  For example, why don’t honeybees have triangles or circles? The answer, proved by Thomas Hales in 1999, is that the hexagonal structure is the most efficient and compact […]