Category Archives: Insect of the Week

Insects of the Week: Hylaeus (bees) and Gasteruption (wasps)

This week we have two featured insects for you: a wasp and a bee that looks an awful lot like a wasp. Scientific name: Hylaeus Common name: Masked or yellow-faced bees Family: Colletidae Nest type: Silk (dried mother bee saliva) … Continue reading

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Insects of the Week: genus Isodontia

Scientific name: Isodontia Common name: Grass-carrying wasps Family: Sphecidae Nest type: dried grass blades Size: 18-20 mm Nest tunnels used: 1/2” to 5/16” tunnels Looks like: Large rusty orange or shiny black wasps If you’ve ever opened a window and … Continue reading

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Bees of the Week: genus Anthidium

Scientific name: Anthidium Common name: Wool carder bees Family: Megachilidae Nest type: hairs from plants, but may include debris Size: 8-15 mm (males larger than females) Nest tunnels used: 1/2” down to 5/16” Looks like: Black and yellow striped bees It’s … Continue reading

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Insects of week: A Tale of Two Parasites

This week we profile two parasites, one that “attacks” after nests are completed and one that “attacks” as the nests are being made or even before nest construction begins. Scientific name: Leucospis affinis Common name: Giant Chalcidoid wasps Family: Leucospidae Nest … Continue reading

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Bees of the Week: Invasive Species!

We’ve got a doozy of a post for you today. In it we list some introduced bee species (the Starlings of the bee world) that we’ve seen around this season or in the past. Invasive species can be problematic. As the … Continue reading

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Bees of the Week: genus Coelioxys

Scientific name: Coelioxys Common name: Leaf-cutting cuckoo bee Family: Megachilidae Nest type: parasitize active nests of Megachile Size: 8-12 mm Nest tunnels used: 3/16″ to 7/16″ Looks like: black with white hair stripes; legs maybe black or red; females always have a long, … Continue reading

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Bees of the Week: genus Megachile

Scientific name: Megachile Common name: Leaf-cutting bees Family: Megachilidae Nest type: Leaf or Petal pieces; Chewed Leaves Size: 3/8″ to 1″ long Nest tunnels used: 3/16″ to 7/16″ Looks like: varies, but generally black with white hair stripes If the … Continue reading

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