More bumblebee photos

Slightly better ones… Bombus lucorum aggregate (remember these can’t be distinguished, includes terrestris, lucorum, cryptarum, and magnus) “I fell over” Purple Phacelia pollen in the pollen baskets Common Carder (Bombus pascuorum) Also enjoying the Phacelia, you may notice a theme… I plant six species of native, perennial Irish wildflowers And the bees prefer this non-native […]

Cheat guide to the Irish Bumblebees

I needed to master the bumblebee diversity of Ireland quickly after I arrived so that I could identify species in the field, so I made myself this little (simple) cheat guide. There are some great photographic guides on the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan website, so this is definitely no substitute for those, but instead meant to […]

Some bees on ornamental cherries

The ornamental cherries on campus mainly seem to be attractive to honeybees, bumblebees, carpenter bees, and the occasional orchard bee (Osmia cornifrons). But they are pretty nonetheless! I had a lot of fun trying to make my photos “artsy” (I’m not very good at that, haha!). Hope you like them! Spring is heeeerrreeee and I […]

Males are not useless

Don’t laugh!  They’re not! I always have to preface this story with that because that is usually how people react when I tell them about the social Hymenoptera.  Hymenoptera is an order of insects containing ants, bees, and wasps, and it has many social species.  Hymenoptera is my favourite insect order for any number of […]


Listen, I know my photography is not the best, but I’m all about learning.  I have a friend who refuses to do anything unless she is the best right away; she won’t go swing dancing or rock climbing with me because she’s afraid of embarrassing herself.  I’m just the opposite.  I embarrass myself every day.  […]