Nature's Place

Bee Hotel …

This parasitic wasp was noticed sitting on the old Blue Banded Bee hotel, listening … for what may be.

*Click on the pictures for a proper look … and click again

Listening … to what the surrounding structure and landscape was saying, the masked bee moved in.

Moving from entrance to entrance, each one separate as the BBB are a solitary bee, not hive minded – somewhat individual.

All can be seen to exercise caution, at least testing for recognition to ensure integrity to process – don’t want to finish another’s nest.

Others just testing for a suitable repository for her as yet unborn young. All things intelligent in their own ways, all things driven to reproduce.

The dark cool of the mud brick interior a suitable place for new life to begin its journey out.

not any more. Made for the Blue Banded Bee a few years ago, this hotel, they only really used it for one.

Last year a few still nested there but this year none so far, but nothing good goes to waste.

This year a swarm? – don’t know if they can be called that as they are not a hive (mind) creature.

But this year the masked bee turned up in numbers, followed by the parasitic wasp.

I will watch as everything runs its course, inside and out … maybe get a few pictures.

© Mark BerkeryClick on those pictures for a closer lookand click again.

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  1. kopfundgestalt said, on 19/10/2020 at 9:09 am

    The 3rd pcture exceptionally beautiful, Mark.

  2. Anne Peck said, on 16/10/2020 at 7:33 am

    They are so beautiful thank you for sharing. I love the sharpness of these little insects. I wish I could take photos as sharp!
    thanks
    Anne

    • Mark said, on 16/10/2020 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks Anne. For sharp images of things that move while I am also moving I use flash, it’s the effective shutter speed at up 1/20,000 sec which has the effect of stopping any motion. Have a look here – https://beingmark.com/macro-illustrated/ – and some links in comments and you’ll find out how to do it.

  3. einfachtilda said, on 16/10/2020 at 7:23 am

    Wieder einmal fantastische Bilder!!

  4. Anonymous said, on 16/10/2020 at 6:05 am

    Wow! One heck of an ovipositor!

    • Mark said, on 16/10/2020 at 12:39 pm

      The extent of it can’t be seen in these photos but it’s as long as the body, longer, to reach deep into a nest site to lay and egg.


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