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pollen envy

the bees are out in full  force and i’m telling you….this is a very industrious spring for them.  my allergies have been going crazy, so you can imagine how the bees are just loving all the extra pollen.  hey, if it makes you little bee sweeties happy, i’ll just keep on sucking down the benedryl and not complain.

i’ve been a little spastic about bee photos.  as i mentioned a few days ago, my portfolio was accepted for a show at a nature gallery next summer so i need to get to work snapping some fresh insect images.

yesterday morning i climbed a ladder and perched there with my telephoto.  it was only 8 am and the bees were already hard at work.  but lookie here:

most of the bees had pollen loads the size of the one’s on the left….but look at the one on the right!  holy shit bee! what time did you get up to get that much work done by 8 am?  and how are you even flying around with that much extra weight?

if you’d like to learn more about these sticky bee leg weights, please visit buzzy’s blog here:

i made it safely down the ladder then got to work at the day job.

what’s  blooming around you?  what wildlife, big or small, have you spotted lately?


the boys are back!!
June 20, 2009, 8:13 pm
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i can’t believe how lucky i am!  for the second year in a row there is an aggregation of one of my favorite bees…the agapostemon!

they’re back, and this time….i have a macro on hand!

aggies09last year we discovered them in august and they hung around till mid november, numbers dwindling near the end of that time.  it was sad.

i didn’t want them to leave. i was sure the next generation wouldn’t approve of my trees.  but they’ve returned.

two nights in a row they have been on the same branch, a bunch of males, just under 50 or so, bedding down for the night.  (last year they were on a tree right next to them on a slightly lower branch.

aggies2around 10pm the bulk of the bees have landed.  they spend much of the night walking over eachother, looking for the perfect spot.   late into the night they settle down into a deep sleep, eyes still appearing to be open, but antennae dropped in slumber.  they’re early risers, gone before i wake up around 6-6:30 ish.

i feel very lucky to have this interesting wildlife situation right outside my back door.

oh, and by the way…if you want to see other photos of small things from nature, you can visit my photoblog.

small. eyes like jewels. but small.
May 19, 2009, 7:10 am
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i have all these new bee pix…and i took them with buzzy’s macro.

so i’ll show you the pix, then i’ll show you them with…THE PEN.  our signature move: the bee with the papermate ballpoint pen….so you can see how tiny these little guys are!

1IMG_8147IMG_7991IMG_8020IMG_8049IMG_8070IMG_8100minianthothe bee is smaller than the head of my ball point pen!

smallall of these bees are sleeping.  awake…they’re just to hard to capture in a photograph.  so small and quick.

i will be posting bees regularly at my new blog: and as always, you can learn heaps about bees at buzzybeegirl!

oh and hey!…these pix are copywritten!

you’ve got something yellow on yourrrrrr….

butt.  you’ve got pollen allll over your butt.


abdomen.  what ever.


these….are the bees of our lives….
August 5, 2008, 2:00 am
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it is important to note that when photographing bees, you should wear pants, not boxer shorts….because the mosquitos get jealous and they eat you.  they try to ruin your shots of the very cool bees by making you slap your own legs.

moving on…

tonight there was frenzied bee activity in my backyard!  it was incredible!

native bees, not the bees you eradicate….

lovely and industrious bees.

oh, and yes, that is a cholla blossom.  lovely, isn’t it.

i wish i was a better photographer.  i struggle with manual focus, especially on these fast moving bees.  i was having so much fun taking pictures, only to be disappointed later to see how the shots didn’t do the bees or the flowers and lighting any justice.

but still.  it was exciting.  i’m so fortunate to have such great bee activity!  for more of my bee shots and bee posts, type “bees” in the search bar on the left.

and thanks for stopping by the blog!

there’s beetle in this post! but don’t be scarobed! it’s a nice beetle.
awww, he has dew drops on his back

awww, he has dew drops on his back

i found a beetle yesterday morning. i was very excited to see him. he had to be moved to safety…before pickles devoured him.

naturally i called buzzybeegirl! she is wise in the ways of winged things…after a short chat, i emailed her pix and here’s the email chat that went down:

goodbear: I believe it is a Platyceroides agassii. Will send an email with 3 low res photos for you to investigate. Maybe we can do another bug high five!

buzzy: It is a Platyceroides!!

goodbear: high five!! isn’t there a shorter name for it? i can’t put THAT on my blog. please tell me he is a very rare and special beetle!

buzzy: They are stag beetles…and he is special because he was in your yard =)

did you ever know an entomologist could be so sweet!?

retreat retreat!

retreat retreat!

my degree in english literature doesn’t give me alot of knowledge in the “name that critter” realm. but i’m learning. i don’t know about “orders”, “genis”, “family” and such. stag beetles are in the:

order coleoptera – beetles!

suborder plyphaga

super family scarobaeoidea

family lucanidae

and my particular beetle is in genus platyceroides

but you don’t need to know that! you just want to know how to identify your insect, right?!

click on the bug that looks most like yours and follow it to the specific bug. oops. not BUG. THEY’RE INSECTS!

there are many informative insect blogs on line, such as buzzybeegirl and myrmecos. my blog is kind of the mr. roger’s neighborhood of the insect world. but that’s cool…

introducing: hubbard’s silk moth!

hi every body!

look what i found today!…

hubbard's silk moth caterpillar

the spines shimmer like platinum in the sun! it’s the hubbard’s silk moth caterpillar. i’m not home now, but i do have a picture of an adult moth that we lucked out to find on our fantastic bug night! (more here, too) on my pc at home. will post tomorrow.

the caterpillar’s body was fuschia and he had shimmery plates of silver. his head, tail and underbelly were a crayola type green.

i’m psyched with my find. i think it’s rare to find caterpillars in a world where we seldom look to the leaves. or in this case on the ground hiding in seed pods.

still enjoying housesitting. got their laptop to work a bit! loving animal planet’s mini marathon of animal cops and the dogs are all getting along so well.

night night.

the smallest wedding crashers

yesterday nuptials for r. and a.h. pretty much took all day.  it was great.  but, i have to go to puppy class with pickles, so don’t have time to post much.  will do more after our class, after a nap and before the housecleaning i intend to procrastinate before….

the smallest and very welcome guests at yesterdays garden ceremony…

i was officiating, and was the first to arrive, so i had time to snap some shots…

i couldn’t think of better wedding crashers for the couple: an entomologist and an ecologist/biologist.

it was the beginning of a beautiful and fun day.

coyote pupster!
June 7, 2008, 11:22 pm
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i thought i would update you (and by “you” i think i mean dennis‘ mom cuz i’m not sure who else is interested) on the status of the coyote pup.

i’m only there on saturdays, so i have to get my details from one of the techs on staff.  at this point it is probably looking like he won’t be releasable. there is something wrong with his coyote noggin.  he is doing MUCH better, apparently.  when he first came in he could only walk in circles, one direction.  and there is a question of how good his vision is, but after being here 3 weeks, he is getting better.  so, the tech said if he isn’t releasable, he may become an education animal and a surrogate.

personally, i don’t think he hears well, if at all.  but according to them, certain sounds really scare him.  but one of the vet students and i could not get him to hear anything, like clapping.  in fact, we would clap and clap and he wouldn’t react unless he saw the clap out of the corner of his eye and he would jerk around.  she said that was possible with hydrocephaly, if that’s what he has.  i wonder if hearing would improve as his condition gets better?  poor guy.

he’s cute as can possibly be. and oh-so-tiny.  some people are totally comfortable with him and will go in and cuddle him.  i’m ….well, i’m just not there.  to me, in his picture, that one eye looks a little “helter skelter” but it could just be because i’m not a mammal gal, i’ve mostly dealt with raptors.

whenever i see him, i go all googly woogly.  let’s face it….CHICKS DIG BABY ANIMALS!

night blooming cereus

isn’t it lovely?  the plant apparently blooms once a year, for a week, …one night each blossom.  tonight 4 blossoms opened!  here’s an early shot.  see how the petals are still cupped.

so, here’s how it went down:  about a month ago a volunteer from border collie rescue was doing a site visit at my home…to see if it would be safe for my new rescue puppy.  we were talking and she was glancing around the yard.  from twenty feet away she spotted this scrawny plant growing inside the dense foliage of a tree.

naturally when my ecology friends were discussing going to find some i said…”oh…i have those.”

you guessed it…they showed up with camera, beer, apple cake, a moth net and a bug box.  what a perfect night.

they were trippin’ out about how strong the blossoms smelled. me? well, i couldn’t smell a thing!

neat, huh?  a is pointing my mag light at it!

so, i think these night blooming cereus plants are quite rare.  and….apparently mine is very bit.  the highest part is over 6 feet high.

well, i hope you liked the pictures!  we didn’t get any moth action, but…oh well!

oh, and these shots were snapped with a canon 20d.