I was so happy to finally find a nice aggregation of ground-nesting leafcutter bees and it was fitting that I was able to do so on Mother’s Day since many mothers-to-be were hard at work provisioning their nests with carefully (and quickly) cut pieces of leaves to serve as linings for the developmental cells of their young. Project advisor John Ascher suggests Subgenus Megachiloides as the genus with potential species including rubi, integra, and integrella. I need to do a little digging of my own before I lean…

I just returned from a great week in New York City. Although I was in town for a commercial shoot, I also had plans to search for bees in the city too. As luck would have it, I did see some really extraordinary species, they just happened to be in the invertebrate collection at the American Museum of Natural History. Native bee expert Hollis Woodard kindly introduced me bee expert Eli Wyman (pictured) who generously spent an afternoon showing me some of his favorite species in the collection….