I request once again that readers send me their good wildlife photos. Reader Tony Eales from Australia sent some lovely bee photos; his notes are indented:
It’s been a while but the insect photography is going great. I’m particularly enamoured of native Australian bees, apparently, I’m told, there are something like 1600 species in Australia. Anyway here’s some of my faves.
These bees are members of the genus Megachile. The first bee is known as a resin bee and the second a leaf-cutter bee.
Here’s a photo of roosting males of the genus Nomia subgenus Hoplonomia. I don’t know the species yet, but after putting up images of these bees on Facebook the curator of entomology at the Museum of Victoria asked me to collect two and mail them to him and he said he’ll get back with an ID. [JAC: Does anybody know why these bees tend to cluster like this?]
JAC: The next four pictures are from the Internet showing that the “scopa” can involve both hairs on the leg and elongated hairs on the ventral part of the abdomen; both, as you’ll see, are useful for collecting pollen.