Phaon Cresent and Morning Dew

Was not a good morning for this little butterfly. It happened to perfect conditions for the morning dew to form on just about anything.

Phaon Crescent | Alice Mary Herden | April 16
Phaon Crescent | Alice Mary Herden | April 16

Link:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/phaon_crescent.htm

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Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee

Just one of many sweat bees… the Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee is another Florida important pollinator.

Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee | Alice Mary Herden | April 15
Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee | Alice Mary Herden | April 15

There are over 44 species of this sweat/ halictid bees, I am still searching to find more information about this particular one.

Osmia Chalybea

Osmia Chalybea- Mason Bee… or as I call it, a blue metallic mason bee. These are bigger than the little sweat bees you see.

 

 

What trip watching these bees burrow up and down gathering up pollen! This is the best opportunity to get your macro lens out and shoot as many photos as you can!

Blue Metallic Mason Bee 3
Osmia Chalybea Bee | March 11 | Alice Mary Herden

 

 

Identifying bees can be confusing.  Each classification has its own unique characteristic, behaviors, and locations in the country.

There is a close relative, Blue Orchard Bee but not located here in Florida. (Link: https://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Osmia+lignaria&mobile=close&wep=0)


Links:

https://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Osmia+chalybea&guide=1&flags=col2:&res=640

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Osmia_chalybea

https://bugguide.net/node/view/103986

https://bugguide.net/node/view/261275