Tiny mining bees, and Upon the Bee, by John Bunyan

I was in love with these teeny tiny mining bees (sometimes nicknamed mini-miners) at one of my field sites this summer (prior to death of macro lens RIP beloved lens). To give some idea of relative scale Male and female next to one another (female is larger and has pollen brushes) Male mini miner Ireland […]

A Howth mining bee colony

Hiking the Howth trail back in June, my ento friends and I came across another mining bee nesting aggregation! Plus, I got to see my first ever Irish Sphecodes, which was super exciting. Most of the mining bees looked a lot like the A. nigroaenea like the other large aggregation I found, but there was […]

Links to share

Field work (plus lab/office/greenhouse work) is kicking my butt right now, so here are some links to other websites haha Hippos are not my favourite animal…I worked in a zoo and hippos were by far the most disgusting animal to clean up after (although cotton-top tamarins smell horrible for some reason). You see hippos like […]

The cuckoo bee emerges…

…from her host’s nest. This nomad bee lays her eggs in the nests of mining bees, where they hatch out before the host bee’s egg. The nomad bee larva consumes the pollen collected by the mining bee, and then usually also the mining bee egg… so watching her emerge from a mining bee nest was […]