Ants, Bees, and Wasps

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Apidae (Bees)


The bee.

Carpenter bee nest

Carpenter bee nest

blooming palo verde

Blooming palo verde tree with honeybee


A native bee

bee in flower

Bee in flower


A leafcutter bee (Megachile) bee making a nest

Megachile resin nest cap

Chewed leaf cap

Megachile leaf cap, in progress.

Rock cap

Megachile rock cap

Flat mud cap

Megachile flat mud cap

Round mud cap

Megachile round mud cap

finding nest

My bee house

building a cell

An incomplete Megachile cell

laying eggs

Megachile bee looking out after laying eggs.

capping a cell

Megachile capping a cell

building a nest cap

Megachile bee building a nest cap

giant resin glob

Giant resin glob!

Honey Bee on Fairy Duster

Honey Bee on Fairy Duster

Leaf cutter bee

Leaf cutter bee, Megachile sp

Honey bee on palo verde blossoms

Honey bee on palo verde blossoms

Carpenter bee

Carpenter bee flying

Formicidae (Ants)

Brachymyrmex ants

Brachymyrmex ants

Brachymyrmex ants

Brachymyrmex ants, full of root beer

Acromyrmex versicolor

Acromyrmex versicolor female


Ants on my kitchen counter.

ant invasion!

Ant invasion!

ant geniculate

Ant's geniculate antennae (Acromyrmex versicolor)

ant tending aphids

Ant tending aphids

Army ant raid

Army ant raid

Leafcutter Ants

Leafcutter Ants Acromyrmex versicolor

Ants Tending the Herd

Ants Tending the Herd

Comatose Ants

Comatose Ants

Ants on Fairy Duster

Ants on Fairy Duster

Mutilidae (Velvet Ants)

velvet ant

Velvet ant, a type of wasp

Pompilidae (Spider Hunting Wasps)

spider hunting wasp

Spider hunting wasp

dead tarantula hawk

Dead tarantula hawk

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