Bee Spotting With Big Bear, Pt. 1

Bee Spotting is a great way to intereact with nature as a hobby. Bees come in such varitites 0f sizes, colors, forage and habitation specializations and more!

Using modern technology found in the common smartphone, we can “collect” bees without harming or disrupting them. Smartphone cameras continue to improve and allow us to take phenomoinal photos with great detail. Add to that the extras we can use with them such as lens kits that fit over the camera lenses to give us even better close ups like thise we can get by using even a low cost ($10 or less some of them) macro lens.

Bees can be very fast. Sometimes hunting them with a camera can seem too slow to get a good photo. I have a couple of “cheats” I use to help get great close up pics of bees.

First, you can simply make a video recording instead of taking actual still pictures. combine that with a free video editing app like “Video Editor” by Code Edifice that helps you pull still images from video, and you have a chance to get some great pics!

Second, many smartphone camera apps have features in the settings that allow you to take “burst” photos which will take like 10 to 30 pics at the push of a button. one of those is bound to be a good one and you don’t have to try to have the fastest thumb in the west to take so many pics in such a short time.

The first step to Bee Spotting is, well, spotting the bees. Using a camera helps and if you use a smartphone, you can share your treaure with others almost immediately. The only thing you need to do before that is to bee somewhere that bees are. If you are in or near Omaha, NE, may I recommend Lauritzen Gardens?

Megachilidae In Da House

Well, on the marigolds at least. I found this little Osmia Sunday around noon in my wife’s little flower patch. Temperature was very nice, mid eighties, clear sky, low humidity, bright sun.

Did you know that “Osmia” is Latin for “odor” or “scent”. The reason the bee Genus Osmia are named that way is because they leave a marker scent, often described as “lemony”, at each nest hole they start so they can find their nest holes again after foraging trips.

Their use of scent is so specific in fact that a recent study found that even by moving the nesting tubes and rearranging them while the bee was absent. Osmia instead of just going back to where they last were, would instead go nearly directly to the new location.