Long-horned Bee (Eucera sp), Chattanooga, TN, Spring 2014 © Clay Bolt | www.claybolt.com

My multi-year project celebrating North America’s native bees is officially underway! I spent the last few days photographing species found in and around Chattanooga, Tennessee including this incredibly cute Long-horned Bee (Eucera species…possibly E. atriventris or E. dubitata). Species in this genus are important pollinators of sunflowers, alfalfa and other crops. Species in this genus are solitary, ground-nesting bees.

While shooting for National Geographic in San Francisco last week, Neil Losin and I hoped to find a beautiful endemic and very rare damselfly known as the San Francisco Forktail Damselfly (Ishnura gemina). One of the primary sites that it lives in is essentially a ditch on the side of the road near Fort Point. Unfortunately, we didn’t find flying adults because it is a bit early in the season. Instead, I turned my focus on the many bumble bees (dark color form of Bombus melanopygus) that were busy…

My multi-year project celebrating North America’s native bees is officially underway! I spent the last few days photographing species found in and around Chattanooga, Tennessee including this incredibly cute Long-horned Bee (Eucera species…possibly E. atriventris or E. dubitata). Species in this genus are important pollinators of sunflowers, alfalfa and other crops. Species in this genus are solitary, ground-nesting bees.

©Clay Bolt / 2014. Do not use this image without the written permission of the photographer. All illegal uses will be billed accordingly.