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 […]
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 […]
I know I’ve been slacking on my blog lately, but I’ve been working 10-14 hours a day, seven days a week, nonstop for more than two months…and I’m tired. Why did I think it was a good idea to double my field sites? Anyway, to make up for it, here are some photos of bumblebees […]
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 […]
I think this is a male Osmia bicornis (rufa), which is one of two mason bee species in Ireland. This is the first photo I’ve gotten of an Irish mason bee! I’m really hoping to get a photo of the other species (Osmia aurulenta) because it nests in snail shells! I just learned that Osmia […]
Just a pretty Irish mining bee on an apple flower…previous research in New York shows that mining bees are much more effective as apple pollinators than the domesticated honeybee.
…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 […]