|Excavated sand between the bricks|
|Bee excavating hole in the sand|
|Close up of one of the mining sp.bee|
Hopefully we can identify this species from close up photographs. There are several small black mining bees. Andrena, Halictus and Lasioglossum are all small ground nesting bee families
At that point we can move onto the next insect. A Nomad bee - a cleptoparasite- which preys on ground nesting bees. This insect Nomada goodeniana waits close by and watches the female bee as she digs the burrow and lays her egg. Then while the bee is off foraging for pollen to store underground this nomad bee nips in quick and lays her egg. A sort of cuckoo! The nomad larva has a ready supply of pollen handy collected by somebody else!
|Nomada goodeniana- a cleptoparasite bee|
The next insect was most likely Ectemnius cavifrons. This is a wasp which preys on hoverflies. There were plenty of hoverflies around the HQ shed. It was first spotted flying around one of the apple trees then settled on the kiwi plant. It was a much larger insect than the previous Nomad bee. It was eventually tracked down and caught while trying to enter a small hole in the wooden structure of the HQ shed. The pictures below are from the internet. We hope to have our own pictures in the next few days and will publish them.
|Ectemnius cavifrons- a hunting wasp|
|Ectemnius cavifrons- hunting wasp.|
Just another example of the wonderful world in which we live in. Attention to detail and acute observation with an awareness of our surroundings reveals a lot. There is much to learn. Even in the world of insects - and these are quite small insects- there is so much interest.