Spotlight on Dufourea novaeangliae, the Pickerel Bee

On a recent canoe trip to the Adirondacks, a steady rain had passed over and the sun peeked through the clouds illuminating the aquatic vegetation. I took a moment to see if any pollinators were visiting the white water lily (Nymphaea odorata) and after seeing no activity I wondered who the might pollinate such an ornate flower. Though bees may visit them, beetles are the … Continue reading Spotlight on Dufourea novaeangliae, the Pickerel Bee

Cellophane Bees at Work!

Cellophane bees like 70% of solitary bees nest underground and often receive a bum rap due to confusion with ground nesting yellow jackets.  Yellow jackets are not bees but wasps and like most wasps are predators preying on insects.  In addition, yellow jackets are social insects (like honeybees and bumble bees) living in hive and are on high alert to serve and protect the single … Continue reading Cellophane Bees at Work!