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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2 thoughts on “Ants, Bees, and Wasps

  1. I just saw the pic of the dead Tarantula hawk. I am saddened. They are one of my favorites. I live in AZ and have a lot of them around my yard. They hang out in the blooming Mexican palo verde trees early mornings in cooler weather. They sound like little air planes flying by. I have had them land on me to rest. Then they fly on their way. They tickle when they walk on my arm. Not too thrilled when they land on my face. I have looked closely and can’t see a stinger so am guessing it is retractable. When the sun hits them just right they are the most beautiful electric dark blue black. They love the prickly pear fruits. Frequently I see only their little rumps sticking out of a ripe fruit. They are so busy chowing down that I can get close and watch and photograph them.

    This year 2014 summer is strange not seeing as many “bugs” as usual. Odd Monsoon season this year.

    • I love the tarantula hawks! They’re spectacular insects. Interesting to hear that the insect population is down this year during the monsoon though. I’ve heard from friends there that the monsoon started early and then stopped for a little while, so maybe that had something to do with it?

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