While I was in Madison, Wisconsin last year working on a new film on the rusty-patched bumble bee with my colleagues and good friends from Day’s Edge Productions, Susan Bence from Milwaukee Public Radio joined us one day and interviewed me about the project. It’s now live here. Hope you enjoy it! You can watch the film’s trailer here!

I’m pleased to share the new trailer for our film, A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee. The full film will be released in June, and visit www.rustypatched.com  for updates on additional showings. TRAILER – A Ghost In The Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee from Day's Edge Productions on Vimeo.

Many thanks to National Wildlife Magazine Senior Editor Laura Tangley for interviewing me for NWF’s blog on why I’ve been spending the past couple of years chasing native North American bees around like a madman. It’s always great to have an opportunity to talk about the philosophy behind the photos. The article, called “Sharing a Passion for Beautiful Bees” can be found here.

The National Geographic Society and Department of Energy and Environment are hosting an evening of short environmental films on the evening of Monday, April 18th that bring global issues into local focus. Artists, scientists, advocates, and everyday people share stories that cross boundaries and give a new voice to our planet and to our wild, wonderful city. Celebrate the earth, the Anacostia River, and the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee! Learn about the BioBlitz coming to DC in May and how to get involved.  Join the conversation in a Q&A…

Madison, Wisconsin friends: I hope that you’ll be able to join us next Saturday, April 16th at 11am for a very special showing of “A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee” at the Wisconsin Film Festival (Barrymore Theater). I’ll be there, along with entomologist Claudio Gratton and native plant gardener Susan Carpenter who helped me find my first living rusty-patched bumble bee at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum will be there as well. Learn more here: http://wifilmfest.org/2016/#Event=16662

My new film “A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee,” which was beautifully produced by my friends at Day’s Edge Productions is premiering today (April 10th) at the Princeton Environmental Film-festival. We are proud to have it premiere at PEFF and were thrilled to see clips from our film in this year’s trailer!

I couldn’t be more pleased to have shot the cover story for the April / May edition of National Wildlife Magazine. The story was wonderfully written by Laura Tangley. If you’re not a National Wildlife Federation Member, visit this page to order copies!

In nature, even death can be beautiful. Anyone who spends a lot of time looking for bees will also often find predatory species who wait patiently for prey to appear. In this case, a very tiny ambush bug (Phymata sp) has captured an equally tiny bee, Chelostoma philadelphi, that was visiting a mock orange blossom (Philadelphus sp). At times I find it difficult to stay on task when photographing a particular scene / subject because with nature, one good thing leads to another. It is all so fascinating!…

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…

It was great to have an opportunity to be interviewed by Boyd Matson for National Geographic Weekend Radio a few weeks ago and now the segment is available online. In this short interview I ramble on about photographing bees, how much I love them and get very excited about Lemon Cuckoo Bumble Bees. 🙂 Have a listen here!