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Purple Paradise

Male cuckoo leafcutting bee (genus Coelioxys) emerges from the purple strands of an artichoke blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you want to attract insects to your garden, plant an artichoke and let it flower. You'll get honey bees, syrphid flies, butterflies, carpenter bees and leafcutter bees. (And well, a few predators, such as spiders and wasps.) Today we saw leafcutter...

Male cuckoo leafcutting bee (genus Coelioxys) emerges from the purple strands of an artichoke blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Male cuckoo leafcutting bee (genus Coelioxys) emerges from the purple strands of an artichoke blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male cuckoo leafcutting bee (genus Coelioxys) emerges from the purple strands of an artichoke blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male cuckoo leafcutting bee (genus Coelioxys) walking on an artichoke blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Male cuckoo leafcutting bee (genus Coelioxys) walking on an artichoke blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male cuckoo leafcutting bee (genus Coelioxys) walking on an artichoke blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Bed Check!

Newly emerged leafcutter bee outside her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

All winter long my bee condo housed 16 tenants...and one earwig. And quite comfortably, too, thank you. It all began last fall when the leafcutting bees laid their eggs, provisioned each nest with a nectar/pollen ball, and plugged it with leaves. Just...

Newly emerged leafcutter bee outside her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Newly emerged leafcutter bee outside her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Newly emerged leafcutter bee outside her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One leafcutter bee is tucked in head first; the other is ready to leave. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
One leafcutter bee is tucked in head first; the other is ready to leave. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One leafcutter bee is tucked in head first; the other is ready to leave. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 10:08 PM

An Uncommon Bee

Female leafcutting bee, Megachile gemula, on rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sometimes you get lucky.While watching floral visitors foraging last week in our rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora), we noticed a tiny black bee, something we'd never seen before.Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of...

Female leafcutting bee, Megachile gemula, on rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Female leafcutting bee, Megachile gemula, on rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Female leafcutting bee, Megachile gemula, on rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Female leafcutting bee, Megachile gemula, exiting rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Female leafcutting bee, Megachile gemula, exiting rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Female leafcutting bee, Megachile gemula, exiting rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Hole in One

Hole in one--a hole signifying the emergence of a leafcutting bee (Megachile). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

First you give them roots, then you give them wings. That's what's happening in our bee condo, a wooden block (nest) with drilled holes for leafcutting bees (Megachile). They flew in, laid their eggs, provisioned the nests with pollen and leaf...

Hole in one--a hole signifying the emergence of a leafcutting bee (Megachile). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hole in one--a hole signifying the emergence of a leafcutting bee (Megachile). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hole in one--a hole signifying the emergence of a leafcutting bee (Megachile). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutting bee provisioning her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Leafcutting bee provisioning her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutting bee provisioning her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutting bee on sedum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Leafcutting bee on sedum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutting bee on sedum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Tags: bee condo (4), Megachile (7), native bees (22), Robbin Thorp (231)

Ten Tenants

Two leafcutting bees (Megachile spp.) at their bee condo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ten tenants.That's how many tenants are occupying our wooden bee block, aka "bee condo."It's "home, sweet home" for leafcutting bees (Megachile spp.).Daily we see these native bees tear holes in leaves (red bud, rose, catmint, gold coin, rock purslane...

Two leafcutting bees (Megachile spp.) at their bee condo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two leafcutting bees (Megachile spp.) at their bee condo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two leafcutting bees (Megachile spp.) at their bee condo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutter bee sipping nectar from a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Leafcutter bee sipping nectar from a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutter bee sipping nectar from a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:24 PM
Tags: bee condo (4), leafcutter bees (4), Megachile (7)

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