OK, so my last post was about buying a nerdy toy for myself–a combination microscope/boroscope.
But I have these digger bees under my porch. They make nests and provision them for their tiny larva.
Wouldn’t it be kind of cool to see what is going on there in the nest?
Oh, yeah–there is also some kind of phorid fly that mates on the edge of the little chimney.
What’s going on there?
But wait, there’s more…
Cuckoo wasps are very common near the nests and form mating swarms a couple of weeks before the bees show up.
I have also seen a cuckoo bee near the nests. The cuckoo wasps and bees are possibly parasites of some kind on the digger bees.
So now I can check out the nests. But I probably won’t see anything until May or June.