Solitary bees and wasps, their brood and nest provisions and their frenemies.
Click on photos for a larger view. Nest provisions for bees include pollen or pollen and nectar; for wasps, stunned prey.
1. Above: Leafcutter bee (Megachile)
2. Carder bee (Anthidium)
3. Leafcutter bee (Megachile) and Trypoxylon (potter wasp) nests
4. Leafcutter bringing nest material
5. High variety nest block
6. Hoplitis with nests (a type of mason bee)
7. Hoplitis nest making
8. Hoplitis nests
9. Hoplitis emerge spring
10. Masked bee (Hylaeus; a/k/a cellophane bee)
11. Megachile campanulae (resin-using leafcutter) top; Hylaeus (masked bee) blocked Hoplitis pupa.
photo: Rob Cruickshank
12. Unexpected variety of solitary bees and wasps, side A, at the end of year 1 (Access Alliance cabinet, 2014).
Nest IDs by Scott Macivor, photo by Sara Mrosovsky. 2014 (year 1) at Access Alliance.
13. Sarah Peebles checks out the Tree Museum booth in the Fall (2011).
Lifecycle information is at Bee Biodiversity.
Videos: Odes to Solitary Bees (2010 – 2011) and Solitary Wasps Nesting at RB Youtube channel for macro videos of these bees and waps in action!
Photos: (Photos: Stephen Humphrey, no. 1 & 13; Rob Cruickshank no. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 12; Sarah Peebls no. 7, 8, 9;)