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Mason bee-haviors: Osmia

  A newly minted horn-faced mason bee prepares to take her first flight. Golden hairs called scopa line her abdomen. These will be festooned with pollen when she returns to her gallery to make pollen cakes for her young.   Cardboard tubes and drilled firewood make suitable accommodations for mason[…]

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Mating Scarab Hunter Wasps

Subject:  Hot wasp lovin’ Geographic location of the bug:  Rio Grande Nature Center, Albuquerque NM Date: 05/18/2018 Time: 04:23 PM EDT Your letter to the bugman:  Hello!  We were in the nature center and came upon dozens of these wasps.   The smaller ones, which we assumed are males, were flying[…]

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Newly Emerged Isabella Tiger Moth

Subject:  Recently emerged mith Geographic location of the bug:  Pennsylvania Date: 05/20/2018 Time: 12:05 PM EDT Your letter to the bugman:  What moth? How you want your letter signed:  Kathy Isabella Tiger Moth Dear Kathy, This is a newly emerged Isabella Tiger Moth, which you can verify thanks to this[…]

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Mole Cricket

Subject:  Creepiest bug ever! Geographic location of the bug:  Westchester County, ny Date: 05/20/2018 Time: 08:29 AM EDT Your letter to the bugman:  I found this guy in our basement playroom.   It is 2-3” in length.  It’s front claws seem to be  clubs with  sharp looking finger like  protrusions.   Then[…]

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