Inclusion as an Ecological Imperative

About four months ago, this lovely photo by Joe Neely of Diadasia bees sleeping together in a flower appeared on Bored Panda and promptly went viral. Based on my experience as a biologist, I concluded at once these individuals were two adult females, perhaps sisters, cuddled for warmth as they were sleeping. Recently, it occurred to me others... Continue Reading →

Saving the bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante

Taking a moment this week to give a shout out to my friend and colleague Matt Kelly, who together with biologists Olivia Carril and Joe Wilson, has launched a crowdfunding campaign centered on the incredible bee community of Grand Staircase-Escalante. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is an extraordinary site in terms of bee diversity, housing some... Continue Reading →

Battle of the Bees

The number of bees we've identified from our summer collection topped 160 this week. We won't finish identifying all the specimens collected before the deadline for my student's final written report, but we'll get through most of it. She'll certainly have enough data to say some interesting things. Between our garden and prairie sites, we've... Continue Reading →

June Bee Update

Bee activity has spiked this month out at Jerry Smith Park. Our collection protocol brought in twice as many individuals compared to April and May combined! I'm also seeing bees I haven't seen before; notably, Svastra, a striking bee with very furry legs. (That "fur" by the way is what biologists call "scopa;" specialized hairs for carrying... Continue Reading →

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