Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)

These paper wasps have been stealing wood fibers from the fences around my plots…it was pretty easy to identify them as the Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris). They’re a bit smaller than the “yellowjackets” I’m used to in the US, giving me the impression that they are cute, though I haven’t been stung yet. 😉 Peeling […]

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 […]

Derbidae

You’re such a derbid. That’s not actually an insult, but it so sounds like it could be, right? I love it. A grad student in the last lab I worked in introduced me to this cool family of insects, the Derbidae, and I think the name is hilarious (because I’m six years old, apparently). That […]

The largest bee in the world

Guys, I got to see Megachile pluto (the largest bee in the world!) in person! Okay, well, I got to see the specimen collected by Alfred Russell Wallace in the 1800s, not a live specimen, but it was still super cool. These aren’t on display, you have to be an entomologist who is bold enough […]

Assorted Kenyan insects (and a millipede)

I didn’t have much time for insect photography in Kenya (unfortunately), but here are some of the random photos I did get. Also, millipedes are not insects, but they are arthropods. *shrug* (PS I already shared the Cerambycids) I get you hooked with the Lepidoptera first Now for some bees…I had been searching for this […]

Two cool Kenyan long horned beetles

These two huge long horned beetles caught my attention in Kenya but I couldn’t identify them (no key to use). So if you know, comment below! I was trying to pose this guy with various sized sampling tubes for scale but he would not cooperate haha…gotta love that leopard print though! The long horned beetles […]