One thing I love about walking around a garden is guessing what kind of animal each type of plant relies on for pollination. This is because plants that rely on certain types of animal pollinators are often adapted to be particularly attractive to that type of animal, a phenomenon known as “pollinator syndromes.” The following slides are from a poster I made showcasing pollinator syndromes. Once you read these, you can be an expert, too!
Sweat bees have been weighing on my mind lately. I stumbled across this post, which I thought was well written and informative. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Sweat bees are tiny bees of the family Halictidae. They take their common name from their affinity for human sweat, which they lap off of our naked skin for the salts and electrolytes therein. Sweat bees are small (at least to us) and tend to measure between 3 and 10 millimeters in length. A few species have thick robust bodies, but most are slender and delicate. They tend to be glossy black, but some have exoskeletons which are gorgeous shades of metallic gold, green, purple, or blue.
The majority of sweat bee species nest in the ground (although a few build their homes in dead trees). The social behavior of sweat bees runs the entire gamut of bee conduct: the University of Florida Department of Entomology Website states, “species can be solitary, communal, semi-social, or eusocial.” Sweat bees therefore greatly interest entomologists who are studying the development of eusocial insects—those…
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