Bee catching with my daughter
Summer vacation started this week, so I took the opportunity to take my daughter into the field with me. We had a great time catching bees, and she is a very good bee catcher! We went to two of my field sites near Austin, and had great bee collecting. Here is my daughter netting bees on flowers: And here she is with a catch (I haven’t looked at it closely yet but I think it is Svastra): At the other field site we found some Anthidium (still need to id her) nests. Here is a mom from one of the nests: And here is a nest. Note the pebbles that are incorporated in the nest. The female collects resin to construct the nest, hence Anthidium are sometimes called resin bees, as are other bees in the same family, the Megachilidae.