1. chigau (違う) says

    But don’t you hafta be a bee to see those colours?
    All the bees in my neighbourhood are black-and-yellow.

  2. unclefrogy says

    thanks for another wonderful link I found another inside of that one. Do not know why I never look at Nat Geo before and I did know that I was looking for until I clicked the link.

    One the fun things about summer is seeing those little brightly colored bees occasionally.
    When I was a kid we had an old rose bush that was badly pruned with long dead canes that I used to watch those little bees make their nests in. They could easily “dig” out holes in the pith of the canes.

    uncle frogy

  3. David Marjanović says

    All the bees in my neighbourhood are black-and-yellow.

    Look closer! There are 20,000 known bee species, most of them solitary, while others range from semisocial over “primitively eusocial” to highly eusocial; there are diurnal and some crepuscular species; there are cleptoparasitic bees; there are bees with and without a sting; there are bees that eat exclusively carrion; there are species where the males pollinate orchids; and some line their underground nests with a polyester.

  4. machintelligence says

    I had bees like this (perhaps a bit greener) in my yard in Denver. They had underground nests and were totally non-aggressive. I felt bad when I had to disturb them when gardening.

  5. Tethys says

    The photos at the link are amazing! I have tried many times to get good macros of those tiny (2-3mm)
    blue bees in my garden, but the depth of field is non-existant at that level of magnification.

    I provide nesting habitat with bundles of monarda stalks, catalpa pods, and leaves built into low piles designed to stay dry. They only last a season or two, but I have a very healthy population of these lesser known bees.