Some photos of Syrphid flies

I’m trying to learn to love these little syrphid flies…look, I’m the first to admit that I haven’t always been fond of syrphid flies, but since moving to Ireland, I’ve had to learn to love them…sometimes they’re the only pollinators out and about here! Here are some common syrphid flies I’ve seen this summer…mostly on […]

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 […]

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 […]