Halictidae Photos & Videos

4 minutes ago

Happy World Bee day from my new favorite book and my backyard antique peonies! Did you know there are over 4000 species of native bees in North America? Some look quite a lot different from domesticated European honeybees which live in hives all across the world now. Europeans brought the honeybee over to pollinate their European crops, but did you know some crops originating in North America like tomatos and squash are more efficiently pollinated by native bees? #evolution #worldbeeday #nativebees #bee #apidae #halictidae #bombus #peony #backyard #bees

4 hours ago

Yesterday I saw this little red bee and I had to do some searching to figure it out...but I think it’s from the family Halictidae and some species of Sphecodes. Basically a cuckoo bee of sweat bees, this cleptoparasitic bee has no hair for collecting pollen on their own, so they have evolved to steal it and lay their eggs in pollen cells of unguarded nests when the sweat bee leaves to forage. They are colloquially known as “blood bees” #solitarybees #bloodbee #sphecodes #cuckoobee #halictidae #bees #pollenthief #worldbeeday

15 hours ago

Today May 20th is World Bee Day. The day raises awareness of the importance of bees - usually European honey bees. I would like to raise awareness of our Australian native bees. Here is one really cool species Hylaeus (Hylaeorhiza) nubilosus - she is one of the masked bees in the family Colletidae. She is cleaning out an old mud wasp nest to make a nest for her own young. Enjoy. To save our bees we need to Act on Climate Change, Stop Destroying Habitat, Reduce Pesticides. #worldbeeday #savethebees #actonclimatechange #australianinsects #entomology #maskedbee #halictidae #hylaeus #hymenoptera at Pomonal, Victoria, Australia

8 days ago

I didn’t get to spend Mother’s Day with my beautiful mom but I did get to hang out with some mother bees. Here’s a sweat bee licking my foot and a blue orchard bee flying out of a nest box that we made. #nativebees #osmia #beebox #halictidae #mainebees

9 days ago

Family Halictidae . As solitary bees, they individually build their vertical burrowed nests in the ground, usually in clay or sandy soil. Depending on the species, the females might dig their nests close together, sometimes even sharing a common entrance tunnel... Each individual bee has its own unique chemical signature, helping workers return to the nest.. Halictids only appear in the wild (they aren't farmed) Besides being attracted to nectar, the bees are attracted to perspiration. On hot days, the bees will sometimes hover around or land on a person to lick their sweat...this is where the term "sweat bee" came from :) . #halictidae #sweatbee . #spring #closeup #macrophotography #photoart #springtime #closeupphotography #macro #starseedzimages #nikon #nikkor105mm

9 days ago

Environ 1000 espèces "d'abeilles" sont présentes en France. Ce sont toutes ces espèces qui participent, entre autre, à la pollinisation (Et pas seulement Apis mellifera que l'on a domestiqué et qui produit notre miel). Ce sont toutes ces espèces qui sont importantes et qui représentent une partie de la biodiversité. Ici, une abeille sauvage (Lasioglossum sp., Halictidae, Ardèche 08/18). #bee #halictidae #lasioglossum #abeille #biodiversity #entomologyphotography #exclusive_world_macro #entomologie #insect_macro #insects #top_macro #insects_of_our_world #macroworld_ #macro_spotlight #macro_brilliance #wildlifephotography #naturalist #ip_insects #insectgram #macroworldmania #macro_highlight #macro_captures #featured_wildlife #fauneetflore #hymenoptera #kings_insects

11 days ago

🍅 Las abejas solitarias son importantes polinizadoras en cultivos agrícolas y en vegetación natural, y en muchos casos éstas son más eficientes que las generalistas. Por ejemplo esta flor de tomate, que necesita del zumbido para liberar su polen no podría ser polinizada por la abeja común (Apis mellifera), ni por la angelita (Tetragonisca angustula),la más común de nuestras abejas sin agujón. Abeja de la tribu Halictini polinizando la flor del tomate (Solanum lycopersicum) #solanum #solanumlycopersicum #solanaceae #tomate #tomato #jitomate #halictidae #halictini #savethebees #abejasolitaria #solitarybee #abelhasolitaria #polinizacion #polinización #pollination #polinização #buzzpolination #agroecology #agroecologia #huerto #huerta #najilcab at Chinchiná, Caldas

11 days ago

This is a member of the genus Agapostemon feeding on Fallugia paradoxa, or Apache bloom. These bees belong to the family Halictidae, which are commonly called sweat bees, as they are attracted to sweat and can obtain nutrients from the salts in perspiration. These bees often form colonies but are not truly eusocial as their is no division of labor as seen in honeybees. All the females are reproductive and they all gather food and they have no queen. #halictidae #hymenoptera #insects

11 days ago

A tiny Sphecodes, a cuckoo bee in the Halictidae family, on the prowl around the nests of Halictus. I have six species of cuckoos to date this year, and since a healthy cuckoo population = a healthy host population, I'm always happy to see them. I'm a biodiversity fan, so cuckoo bees and even non bee cuckoos are 👍. #cuckoobee #sphecodes #halictidae . . . . . #beechbees #beegarden #nativebeegarden #pollinatorgarden #pollinatorfriendly #pnw #oregon #oregoncoast #farmingwithnativebees #gardeningwithnativebees #organicgardening #nativebees #nativebee #bee #bees #pollinator #pollinators #gardeningforpollinators #garden #gardening at Southern Oregon Coast

12 days ago

A sweat bee. I like how she curls up like an onion ring around the flower (on a stigma, it appears?) before flying away. 🌼🍃 #halictidae at Milton, Pennsylvania

12 days ago

46/1000 of #1000Species2019 Scientific name: Sphecodes pellucidus Common name: Sandpit Blood Bee Family: Halictidae Order: Hymenoptera Let's continue with the dangers that the A. vaga mining bees have to endure (see previous post) . This is a very fascinating and rather small (females 8-10 mm and males 7-9 mm / F-0.31-0.39 in M-0.27-0.35 in) kleptoparasitic bee species. Their hosts include at least Andrena dorsata, A. barbilabris, A. vaga and Lasioglossum leucozonium (hosts may vary depening on location) . I found several S. pellucidus females flying around A. vaga nest sites and on one other area, but couldn't see which mining bee, or any other possible host, was nesting there. Compared to the previous post species, N. lathburiana, the males, as far as I'm aware, do not help locating the host nesting sites, but otherwise the whole idea of this species offspring is the same. The female finds the host nests and lays her eggs in the nest and leaves. The larvae of the S. pellucidus, if it happens to be the only kleptoparasitic larvae in the nest, will eventually kill the host larvae and eat its food storage. These are more or less reserve/spare photos. I had bit of hard time trying to get photos of these females, due to their size, the fact that they don't land much or for long and don't really stay still for long either. And was trying not to step on the A. vaga nest entrances. I did have more photos of one female specifically (the one on the 1, 3 and 4 pics, rest are different female, different area and day), but I had bit of an incident with my SD card and lost bit over 100 photos (several different species, some which I still haven't found again, went poof), including several actually great shots of that female, but oh well, these will do just fine. #SphecodesPellucidus #Sphecodes #SandpitBloodBee #BloodBee #Halictidae #Bee #Hiekkaverimehiläinen #Verimehiläinen #Mehiläinen #Hymenoptera #EarthCapture @BBCEarth #Arthropod #Entomology #Zoology #Insect #Animal #Wildlife #Nature #Insects #Animals #Macro #Wildlifephotography #Macrophotography #Animalphotography #Naturephotography #Insectphotography #FinnishWildlife #SuomenLuonto #NeverStopExploring

17 days ago

Spotted a few wild native bees! So tiny, like a small grain of rice. Possibly in the Halictidae family? I could definitely see the pollen on the underside of their bellies and not on their legs. It’s amazing to think that these tiny creatures are paramount to our existence! #halictidae #wildnativebees #wildflowers #ferniebc

22 days ago

Bug mystery! What are these little bees and what are they up to on my front step? My best guess is that they are sweat bees building their little underground nests. Just read that some sweat bees are social parasites. We all know a few of those, amirite? 😏 But the large number of them, and the absence of other bees, makes me think they’re not parasitizing the nests of other bees. Any ideas from my bee biologist pals @woodardlab @polly_nator ? 🐝🐝 #halictidae #bees #hymenoptera #entomology #groundnestingbees #buzz at Seattle, Washington

1 month ago

Oh gosh golly spring has me buzzing, and I know I’m not alone! Another happy gal out welcoming the warmer weather was this downright dazzling halictid bee that came and shared a seat on the lawn chair with me yesterday afternoon! This little cutie was so tiny that at first I almost didn’t notice she had landed right next to me, but when the sun hit her at just the right angle that metallic royal blue really caught my eye! What a gift it was to share a moment with this incredible creature! Not only was she just drop dead gorgeous and so stinking small it made me want to cry, she was also unbelievably unperturbed at me placing my finger by her to capture a shot with some scale so you can see just how itsy bitsy this little baby truly is! I am so very thankful that the critters are coming back out to play! Yay spring!

1 month ago

Chlerogas sp. This bee has an enlogate space between their eyes and the mandible. What amazing are the bees . #halictidae #bee

1 month ago

(9/100) It’s a little mashup of last and this year’s theme for today: eyes and bees. I read a story earlier about a woman in Taiwan who went to the hospital with severe eye pain and the doctors found tiny bees in her eye eating her tears! Terrifying! • The tiny bees, halictidae, are called “sweat bees” because they’re attracted to perspiration. They typically feed on pollen, though. Most halictidae nest underground, but some can nest in wood. ~ #the100dayproject #100buzzbees #savethebees #pigmamicron #sweatbees #doodle #halictidae #themoreyouknow #learnsomethingneweveryday

1 month ago

Médicos encontraron cuatro pequeñas abejas sudoríparas viviendo dentro del ojo de una mujer en Taiwán. La mujer de 28 años, identificada como la señora He, estaba arrancando malezas cuando los insectos volaron dentro de sus ojos. . . "Quedé en estado de shock al ver los insectos, que medían cuatro milímetros de longitud" así lo expresó el doctor Hong Chi Ting, del Hospital Universitario de Fooyin, para la BBC. . . Las abejas sudoríparas, también conocidas como Halictidae, se sienten atraídas por el sudor, por lo que veces aterrizan en las personas para embeberse de su transpiración. Según la Sociedad Entomológica de Kansas, también les gusta beber las lágrimas de las personas, debido a su alto contenido en proteínas. . . El doctor Hong explicó que tal vez una ráfaga de viento impulsó a las abejas dentro del ojo y quedarón atrapadas. "Estas abejas no suelen atacar a las personas, pero les gusta beber sudor, de ahí su nombre 'Abejas Halictidae' ". Asimismo, añadió que de haberse frotado los ojos las abejas podrían haber producido veneno y habría quedado ciega. . . #10Abr #Taiwán #Abejas #Halictidae #Ojos #VPItv

1 month ago

———————————————— Sweat bee on birdeye speedwell ➡️ Lasioglossum sp. 📍 Milano, Italy ———————————————————————— #entomology #insect #insects #insectlovers #insectphotography #insectsofinstagram #bug #bugs #nature #naturephotography #naturelovers #nature_lovers #macro #macrophotography #macrophoto #photography #photo #photograph #photographylovers #sweatbee #cute #isolamilano #milano #boscoverticale #spring #apidae #halictidae at Milan, Italy

1 month ago

Bild & Film... Heute bin ich einer #Kuckucksbiene, der großen #Blutbiene begegnet. Sie ist abhängig von der #Frühlingsseidenbiene. Die Weibchen legen ihr Ei in die fertig gefüllte Brutkammer ihrer Wirtsbiene nachdem sie deren Ei gefressen hat. Ihre Larven ernähren sich dann vom vorhandenen #Futtervorrat und schlüpfen dann... . #SphecodesAlbilabris #Sphecodes aus der Familie der #Schmalbiene #Furchenbiene #Halictidae #Naturbeobachtung #RheinHerneKanal #Ruhrgebiet #Ruhrpott #Ruhrpottidylle #Wilbienen

1 month ago

🔸[ENG] Today I was studying when this Lasioglossum sp. (Halictidae) has sittled on my correction fluid pen! Species of this genus have many different habits some of them are solitary, while others are eusocial. It stayed with me: she was very social! 🐝 . 🔸[ITA] Oggi mentre studiavo si è poggiata sul bianchetto questa Lasioglossum sp. (Halictidae)! Le specie appartenenti a questo genere hanno abitudini diverse, alcune sono solitarie, mentre altre sono eusociali. Lei stava con me: era molto sociale! 🐝

2 months ago

Hi fam! I don't live my life with a lot of regrets #YOLO. I've chosen my own way and I used to be satisfied but recently I've felt something nagging at me. I've spent my entire adult life in school, preparing myself for a career that almost certainly isn't going to be what I expected it to be when I started off down this path. I feel like I should have saved myself the trouble and just become a social media influencer. I mean, getting into school would have been so much easier, amiright? So I looked it up and it's not so difficult. There are just 10 easy steps and then I'll be vacationing in Aruba with all my rich and successful friends. So bear with me as I try to grow my personal brand, one step at a time. Step 1 is choose your niche. Apparently in influencer speak this means choosing your target demographic. Judging by my followers, my current niche is Israeli vegan food bloggers (מה נשמע?) and Russian porn bots. No offense, but I think I need to find a new audience. I'm thinking of going after superrich CEO types and their golfing buddies. What do the megawealthy like more than anything to the extent they're willing to eat it, despite its lack of flavor and nutrition and the possibility of heavy metal poisoning? Gold. Well this is the goldiest picture I have. It is likely a #LigatedFurrowBee ( #HalictusLigatus), a #PrimitivelyEusocial species of the eastern US. #PrimitiveEusociality is characterized by reproductive queens and nonreproductive workers, whose status in the colony is generally lifelong. #FurrowBees are generalist #pollinators (as is quite obvious from the picture) who dig nest burrows in rotting wood or the ground. Weather patterns can affect the growth pattern of this species. In warmer conditions, #bees develop faster and end up smaller as a result. In colder weather, they stay larvae longer but continue to grow so they are bigger as adults. Ok, that's all for now. Bye-yiiiiiiiiii!!! #EasyStreetHereICome #Influencer #GoldBug #Hymenoptera #Halictidae #HalictidBee #SweatBee #Insect #Bug #insectphotography #bugpicture #macrophotography #insect_macro #insectmacro #ip_insects #invert_macro #beetlesofinstagram #Nature

2 months ago

I’ve been dreaming of green bees and daisies all winter long. Luckily the spring equinox is only a week and a day away, before we know it the earth is going to shake off this snowy slumber. Today though, Colorado is bracing for some pretty severe winter weather, so for the time being I’ll just have to keep on dreaming 💚 It’s important to remember that every bit of wintery weather we receive is by all means something to be very grateful for! Currently, Colorado’s statewide snowpack is well over 100%, an extremely stark contrast to the previous year. Among many other benefits, those snow totals mean that this spring and summer will have outstanding wildflower blooms, guaranteeing a bounty that’s bound to attract a whole boatload of bugs! So what may feel a little bit like cabin fever right now will surely be worth it as everything begins to thaw 🌡 at Rocky Mountains