As much as we all love honey bees, this blog is dedicated to the 20,000 other bee species in the world. I am an entomology graduate student at the University of California, Davis, and as I snap photos in the field (my equivalent of an “office”), I would like to share some of my thoughts about the diversity, beauty, and importance of the “other bees.” I hope that, in the process, my love of all bees great and small will transfer to the casual visitor.

I plan to update this blog semi-regularly, so please check back again soon.

Halictus tripartitus female on Helminthotheca echioides (prickly ox tongue). (c) 2010 MRS


15 responses to “About

  1. Jane Yokoyama

    This is a great blog! I love bumble bees and once thought of going to graduate school to study the beautiful and fascinating Osmia lignaria propinqua. Good luck with your studies.

    • I, too, am thinking of working with Osmia lignaria. Such a beautiful (and useful) little bee! Thanks for your kind words and I hope you enjoy this little blog.

  2. In my past,life I was a biologist although I was partial to botany and can effortlessly name species. Now I am happily content to read your blog. Very interesting. Pls continue!

  3. Hi – I just came across your wonderful web site. My name is Ron McGinley … I’m one of the authors of “The Bee Genera of North and Central America”. ** Given that I have absolutely no idea who I’m writing to … please let me know who I may have contacted. … RMcG

    • Dear Ron McGinley:
      How delightful! I was taking a break from using your book to identify some specimens when I came across your comment. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. For privacy reasons I try to keep personally identifying information off of my blog, but I will send you an email letting you know who I am.

  4. Hello, Rei, I think.

    My name is Allan Jones and I was given this blog name at Honey Bee Haven this evening, but I do not know how to send you images. I am really pretty dumb about the web, however I admire your maintaining anonymity. This is a very interesting blog that I hope to visit again soon. Thank you for producing it.

  5. Hi,
    I’m hoping you are still checking these comments….
    Love your blog posts. You have a wonderful, engaging style and knowledge to boot. I am curious about your research (and who you are). I did my MS work on Diadasia in NE Cal, 2002-3 so I am also partial to Diadasia. Now doing a few local wild bee projects in Salt Lake City. Shoot me an email if you have the time… I would appreciate hearing about your experiences as an educator. Thanks, LAH

    • Hi, Laura Arneson Horn! I logged in to this account for the first time today and saw your message. Thanks for your kind words! Coincidentally enough, I am currently trying to set up a mini research project in my hometown assessing the impact of green roofs and rooftop gardens on bee communities. I would love to talk with you sometime about your Master’s and current research.

  6. What an awesome blog! Your photos are beautiful. I am also a pollination biologist interested in native bees, it’s good to know there are so many of us out there.

  7. I came across this blog searching for pix and info on male bees, specifically, their nocturnal roosting habits. This is a lovely and informative site that demonstrates your passion and scientific knowledge.

    I am a science educator, most recently specializing in marine invertebrates of the Pacific Northwest, but with a lifelong passion for terrestrial inverts. I quit my job of 10 years and am now getting serious about non-fiction writing.

    I am looking for photos that show male bees sleeping in collective roosts. I would like to use the photos directly, but they may instead be used as the inspiration for illustrations. Would it be possible to utilize some of your photos, with all credit to you and a link to your blog, for a children’s book I am writing?

    PS: My wordpress blog is hopelessly out of date. I am working on reviving it.

    Thank you,
    Hariana Chilstrom

    • Dear Hariana:
      I am glad that you got something out of my blog! I think that a children’s book that includes information on the sleeping habits of male bees would be delightful, and you are welcome to use my photos. You can credit them to M. Rei Scampavia – no need for a link to the blog- and let me know if you would like higher resolution copies of any pictures (I may or may not have them on my computer).

      Best of luck in your writing, blogging, and educational endeavors!

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