Have you seen ground-nesting bees this spring? If so, we are eager to know the location?
We are studying and developing a conservation plan for the solitary ground-nesting bee (Colletes inaequalis). These are very important spring pollinators of local native plants and crops. Enhancing their populations may help offset ecological problems caused by declines in other Bees.
Solitary bees have just emerged from the ground and are forming dense mating and nesting aggregations, flying around near ground level. This year, they are early.
We are seeking formation on any locations of mating and nest aggregations you may see within Tompkins County over the next couple of weeks.
Thank you for your help,
Please send location info to: