I’m excited! Tomorrow is my first webinar, Bees: A Short Course for Community Scientists from the OSU Department of Entomology, under the auspices of The National Native Bee Monitoring RCN. There are ample opportunities for community interaction with researchers so check out the thread I’d started during the winter:
In light of my upcoming course and the research network’s focus on bumblebees, I turned my lens to bumblebee-hunting and came up with a few keepers. This Common Eastern Bumblebee (Bombus impatiens) has its tongue out in anticipation of the nectar ahead in the Salvia sp flower.
At an adjacent blossom, this small Carpenter Bee (Genus Ceratina) “beelines” towards its snack in the same Salvia plant (couldn’t quite speciate this one).
I haven’t identified this species either but I suspect it’s a Fernald’s Cuckoo Bumblebee (Bombus fernaldae) in Japanese Spiraea (Spiraea japonica).
Finally, a Wilke’s Mining Bee (Andrena wilkella) in Spiraea.
I stink at identifying ants so I doubt I’m any better at bees. Feel free to correct any ID’ing errors I might have made.
Edited by ConcordAntman, June 18 2021 - 2:48 AM.