Special Guest Bee: the Re-Blogged Edition!
“Polyester bees, cellophane bees!
Little bees buzzing out to greet the warmer weather.
Clever little chemists, fuzzy engineers,
Ruffle up the daffodils and pollinate the heather….”
Aha! Finally spring has sprung and the first bees are emerging. Colletes inaequalis, the Cellophane Bee, is the first bee (that I know of) to emerge in my region. I know where a nest site is, and I love to take photos there in early spring…despite the fact that it is adjacent to a bus stop. As they come and go, people eye this weirdo crawling around belly in the dirt, taking photos of apparently barren patches of soil.
Sometimes people at the bus stop ask me questions, and this time a particularly inquisitive student came up to ask, “Excuse me, who are you? What are you doing?” which proceeding to lead to a long discussion about research. She said, “I was told that’s not a good idea because…
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