Sunday, October 9, 2011

Two solitary bees, labrador tea, and jumping on a bog

We thinned the labrador tea bushes this Thanksgiving weekend, as they were getting very thick.  Planted sphagnum in flattened areas.  As we worked we heard tree frogs singing.  Crisp fall air.
we found two solitary bees  buzzing under the sphagnum and digging in the peat.  Here's the first one.  We need an ID
Second bee, looks to be the same species, dorsal side
Second bee, ventral side
Peat had to be flattened by jumping on plywood prior to planting sphagnum moss (below)